What Is a Culture of Safety?

Safety Culture in Healthcare

Safety culture is related in large part to how effectively staff communicate and work together and whether staff listen to patients’ needs and concerns. A good patient safety culture should make a healthcare organisation less vulnerable to incidents and accidents. Safety culture assessment needs to gather as many perceptions as possible; instead of generalizing perceptions, we need to find differences in the perceptions of the safety culture being assessed – mixed methods help us to achieve this

Safety culture is a part of organizational culture, and has been paraphrased as, “the way we do things around here.” Individual organizations, and even departments within organizations, develop their own culture over time.


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