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An Employee Questionnaire for Assessing Patient Safety in Outpatient Surgery.


In: Henriksen K1, Battles JB1, Marks ES2, Lewin DI1, editors.


Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation (Volume 4: Programs, Tools, and Products). Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2005 Feb.
Advances in Patient Safety.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
US Department of Defense
University of Wisconsin-Madison


This paper provides information on the reliability and validity of an employee questionnaire developed in a study of patient safety in outpatient surgery. The Systems Engineering Intervention in Outpatient Surgery (SEIPS), a collaborative community perspective project currently underway at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, examines the impact of a systems engineering intervention on both employees and patients. In this paper, we describe the SEIPS employee questionnaire, which surveys various elements of the work system (e.g., communication, workplace, supplies, and patient safety climate), the care process, and employee outcomes (e.g., job satisfaction, stress, perceived quality and safety of care provided). Data from a sample of 289 staff members in 5 outpatient surgery centers (53 percent response rate) are used to examine reliability, construct validity, convergent validity, and predictive validity. The results provided evidence for the reliability and validity of the SEIPS study's employee questionnaire.

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