• Study
  • Published March 2008

An overview of patient safety climate in the VA.

Measurement of institutional safety culture is recommended by AHRQ in order to target patient safety efforts. The Veterans Administration (VA) has been a leader in promoting patient safety efforts, and in this study, researchers surveyed employees at 30 VA hospitals regarding the safety climate, using a previously validated survey. While the patient safety climate was well-regarded in general, survey results revealed significant differences in perceived safety culture between clinical units and management level, a problem noted in previous research.

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