Lessons in safety climate and safety practices from a California hospital consortium

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in "Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation", Vol. 3, page(s): 1-14

May 4, 2005

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The Patient Safety Consortium included a group of 26 diverse hospitals in or near California. In 2001 and 2002, many consortium hospitals were surveyed using the Patient Safety Climate in Healthcare Organizations (PSCHO) tool to present quantitative measures of hospital safety climate and qualitative reports on safety practices over 2 years. Investigators engaged in discussions with consortium hospitals to elicit reports about their patient safety activities. Overall quantitative measures of safety climate remained approximately the same over the 2 years, although in some specific survey areas climate appeared to improve. Hospitals reported a range and mix of patient safety activities. While considered an essential enabler of safety, cultural change takes time. Significant hospital efforts appear to be underway, and attention to a number of lessons from past patient safety efforts may benefit future undertakings.

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