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Journal Article

Can staff and patient perspectives on hospital safety predict harm-free care? An analysis of staff and patient survey data and routinely collected outcomes.

Lawton R, O'Hara JK, Sheard L, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2015;24:369-76.

Patient engagement programs are being widely implemented as means of improving the safety and quality of hospital care, and prior studies have shown that patients can identify safety issues that go undetected by other methods. This study examined the relationship between patient and staff perception of safety and overall safety outcomes by comparing patient perceptions of safety (measured by the Patient Measure of Safety survey), staff perception of safety (measured by the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture), and quantitative measures of patient safety events (measured by the NHS Safety Thermometer). The investigators found that both Patient Measure of Safety and Hospital Survey of Patient Safety Culture results were correlated with objective measures of safety, and they appeared to contribute independently to predicting safety outcomes. This study provides further evidence for including patient perspectives in identifying and measuring safety issues.