BMJ Quality and Safety article: Views of patient-safety specialists, workforce staff and managers

29 Mar 2011 | Adverse Events

Managers and staff in the South Australian state health system, and Australian patient-safety specialists, were asked for suggestions for improving patient safety.

Results were analysed and it was found that there were quite different beliefs between safety specialists and workforce groups about how to improve patient safety. These differences may impede the successful implementation of patient-safety programmes.

Among those who made suggestions, specialists were more likely to suggest implementing reviews and guidelines and incident reporting. Workforce groups were more likely to recommend increased and improved staffing and staffing conditions, and better equipment and infrastructure.

There were no significant differences in the proportions of group members recommending:

·         improving management and leadership

·         increasing staff safety education and supervision

·         communication and teamwork

·         improved patient focus

·         tackling specific safety projects.

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