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Pract Radiat Oncol. 2018 Jan - Feb;8(1):e17-e26. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2017.08.005. Epub 2017 Aug 16.

Measuring safety culture: Application of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture to radiation therapy departments worldwide.

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1
Applied Radiation Therapy Trinity, Discipline of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
2
Applied Radiation Therapy Trinity, Discipline of Radiation Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Electronic address: anita.odonovan@tcd.ie.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Minimizing errors and improving patient safety has gained prominence worldwide in high-risk disciplines such as radiation therapy. Patient safety culture has been identified as an important factor in reducing the incidence of adverse events and improving patient safety in the health care setting.

PURPOSE:

The aim of distributing the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSPSC) to radiation therapy departments worldwide was to assess the current status of safety culture, identify areas for improvement and areas that excel, examine factors that influence safety culture, and raise staff awareness.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

The safety culture in radiation therapy departments worldwide was evaluated by distributing the HSPSC. A total of 266 participants were recruited from radiation therapy departments and included radiation oncologists, radiation therapists, physicists, and dosimetrists.

RESULTS:

The positive percent scores for the 12 dimensions of the HSPSC varied from 50% to 79%. The highest composite score among the 12 dimensions was teamwork within units; the lowest composite score was handoffs and transitions.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results indicated that health care professionals in radiation therapy departments felt positively toward patient safety. The HSPSC was successfully applied to radiation therapy departments and provided valuable insight into areas of potential improvement such as teamwork across units, staffing, and handoffs and transitions. Managers and policy makers in radiation therapy may use this assessment tool for focused improvement efforts toward patient safety culture.

PMID:
28967578
DOI:
10.1016/j.prro.2017.08.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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