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Barriers to speaking up about patient safety concerns.

Etchegaray JM, Ottosen MJ, Dancsak T, et al. Barriers to speaking up about patient safety concerns. J Patient Saf. 2020;16(4):e230-e234. doi:10.1097/pts.0000000000000334.

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November 22, 2017
Etchegaray JM, Ottosen MJ, Dancsak T, et al. J Patient Saf. 2020;16(4):e230-e234.

Difficulty speaking up about safety concerns is a prevalent safety culture deficiency. This survey study found that common barriers to speaking up include fear of being wrong and fear of retaliation. As with prior studies, barriers to speaking up were associated with worse safety culture scores.