Journal Article

The relationship between safety culture and voluntary event reporting in a large regional ambulatory care group.

Miller N; Bhowmik S; Ezinwa M; Yang T; Schrock S; Bitzel D; McGuire MJ.

Detection of adverse events is particularly challenging in ambulatory settings because patient visits are brief and infrequent. This cross-sectional study found that ambulatory practices with better safety culture, as measured by the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire, had more voluntary reports of safety problems than ambulatory practices with lower safety culture scores. These results suggest that safety culture promotes reporting of adverse events.