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Journal Article

Comparing NICU teamwork and safety climate across two commonly used survey instruments.

Profit J, Lee HC, Sharek PJ, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2016;25:954-961.

Health care organizations measure safety climate by surveying providers and staff at all levels. Investigators assessed safety culture and teamwork in 44 neonatal intensive care units using two different survey tools—the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire and the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. They found significant variation in safety and teamwork climate scales of both tools, indicating that the instruments should not be used interchangeably.