[No SPF Record] [IMPROVEDX] Culture

Rory Jaffe rjaffe at CHPSO.ORG
Mon Jun 11 19:03:32 UTC 2018


The other studies show a reasonably strong link.

Some of the problems in making an overall assessment is that culture is very local, varying broadly from department to department within an organization. Within-organization variability is generally much higher than between-organization vulnerability on safety culture surveys. So studies that look at "culture" in the organization as a whole tend to have weaker results. The specific papers do show a decent link.

Also backing this conclusion is that, in other industries, this has been studied and there is a definite link between culture and safety.

I think there is a consensus in health care that there's a link. Look at "to err is human" and subsequent publications from the National Academy of Medicine. These publications strongly presume that culture is important driver of safety.


From: ROBERT M BELL <rmsbell200 at yahoo.com>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:47 AM
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Subject: Re: [No SPF Record] [IMPROVEDX] Culture

Thanks Rory Jaffe,

Very kind.

Do you yourself have an overall opinion? I looked at the Weaver article which evaluated many studies. and, from my limited interpretation, that did not seem too positive.

Is there a general consensus amongst the medical profession as to whether culture is important in preventing errors?

Is to ERR more resistant to intervention than we think?

Rob Bell


On Jun 11, 2018, at 9:58 AM, Rory Jaffe <rjaffe at chpso.org<mailto:rjaffe at chpso.org>> wrote:

Weaver SJ, Lubomksi LH, Wilson RF, Pfoh ER, Martinez KA, Dy SM. Promoting a culture of safety as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(5 Pt 2):369-374. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-5-201303051-00002.







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