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Health Expect. 2013 Dec;16(4):e164-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00725.x. Epub 2011 Dec 12.

Patients' attitudes towards patient involvement in safety interventions: results of two exploratory studies.

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Clinical Safety Research Unit, Imperial College London, Department of Surgery and Cancer, St Mary's Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In recent years, patient-focused interventions have been introduced aimed at increasing patient involvement in safety-related behaviours. However, patients' attitudes towards these interventions and comfort in participating in the recommended behaviours remain largely unexplored.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate patients' attitudes towards a video and leaflet aimed at encouraging patient involvement in safety-related behaviours.

DESIGN:

Two exploratory studies employing a within-subjects mixed-methods design.

SETTING:

Six hospital wards on an inner-city London teaching hospital.

PARTICIPANTS:

Medical and surgical inpatients: 80 patients in study 1 (mean age 55; 69% men) and 80 patients in study 2 (mean age 52; 60% men).

INTERVENTION:

Patients watched the PINK patient safety video (study 1) or read the National Patient Safety Agency's 'Please Ask' about staying in hospital leaflet (study 2).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Perceived comfort in participating in safety-related behaviours; attitudes towards the video or leaflet.

RESULTS:

Both video and leaflet increased patients' perceived comfort in engaging in some (but not all) safety-related behaviours (P < 0.05). In both studies, the majority of patients questioned whether the intervention could help to reduce medical errors in health care. Suggestions on how the video/leaflet could be improved mainly related to content and layout.

CONCLUSION:

Video and leaflet could be effective at encouraging patient involvement in some safety-related behaviours. Further in-depth research on patients' attitudes towards different educational materials is required to help inform future policies and interventions in this very important but under-researched area.

KEYWORDS:

interventions; medical errors; patient participation; patient safety

PMID:
22151624
PMCID:
PMC5060686
DOI:
10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00725.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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