Knowledge of students from a health sciences university on human error and patient safety

Iohanna A. Paiva, Bruna M.B.L. Brasil, Naiana P. Alves, Káren M.B. Nascimento, George J.B. Sousa, Maria Lúcia D. Pereira, Rhanna E.F.L. Carvalho


Objective: This research aimed to identify the knowledge of students from a health science university on human error and patient safety.

Methods: This is an observational, cross-sectional research with a quantitative approach. A total of 228 students of the following baccalaureate courses participated: Physical Education, Nursing, Medicine, Nutrition, and Psychology. The study was conducted in the second semester of 2019 through an online questionnaire with 27 closed and 4 open questions. Simple frequencies, central tendency measures, and correlation tests were used to analyze the data. The IRAMUTEQ software was used to analyze the answers to open questions.

Results: The study demonstrated that the Nursing students had more contact with the patient safety theme and greater confidence to perform techniques during clinical practice. In general, students pointed out positive responses regarding knowledge about patient safety, such as: recognition of the possibility of errors, the importance of communication, and learning from mistakes.

Conclusion: The results may contribute to strengthening teaching about patient safety in universities.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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