Patient Safety Culture: Measurement - Leadership - Improvement

Solvejg Kristensen

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesis

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Patient safety is highly prioritised in the Danish health care system, never the less, patients are still exposed to risk and harmed every day. Implementation of a patient safety culture has been suggested an effective mean to protect patients against adverse events. Working strategically with assessment and development of the patient safety culture is in early days in Denmark. It depends upon valid, reliable and effective methods.
The patient safety culture represents a wide range of social phenomena permeating the way of life in a health care. In essence, the safety culture is an aggregation of health care professional’s behaviour, habits, norms, values, and basic assumptions related to patient care; it is the way things are done. The patient safety culture guides the motivation, commitment to and know-how of the safety management, and how all members of a work place interact.
This thesis presents a tested and valid questionnaire for measuring patients safety culture within hospital care, confirms the effectiveness of a leadership intervention to improve the safety culture, and highlights the boundary conditions and the role of leadership in creating a safety culture.
Translated title of the contributionPatientsikkerhedskultur: Måling - Ledelse - Forbering
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAalborg Universitetsforlag
Number of pages192
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7112-733-1
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesPh.d.-serien for Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet

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