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Safety culture and workforce well-being associations with Positive Leadership WalkRounds.

Sexton JB, Adair KC, Profit J, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2021;Epub Apr 22.

Health system leadership practices can influence patient safety. Using a cross-sectional survey of clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers, this study found that Positive Leadership WalkRounds – where leadership conduct rounds and ask staff about what is going well and what can be improved – was associated with improved safety culture and healthcare worker well-being. Healthcare workers exposed to Postive Leadership WalkRounds were more likely to report readiness to engage in quality improvement activities, positive perceptions of teamwork and work-life balance norms and were less likely to report emotional exhaustion in themselves and their colleagues.