A critical appraisal of what organisational approaches are pivotal to improve patient safety

Jeong-ah Kim, Daniel Terry, Sunny Jang, Julia Gilbert, Mary Cruickshank


Background: Patient safety remains a priority for healthcare organisations globally. There remains little consensus regarding the extent of this issue and the resultant impact on both individuals and communities.
Our study aims to provide healthcare organisations and decision makers with increased information regarding predictive risk factors to enhance patient safety, and develop an organisational culture of safety.
This paper reviews current literature regarding patient safety and presents predictive risk factors and recommendations for healthcare organisations globally to measure and monitor patient safety.
Results: Three categories of organisational factors promoting safety culture were identified – Focusing on system/culture, management support and team work and event reporting.
This review strove to identify and discuss the predictive risk factors for patient safety and support the importance of a positive organisational culture and strong leadership in monitoring and reducing patient care errors and improving patient care in healthcare setting.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v9n1p26


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Journal of Hospital Administration

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