Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Maine Rural Health Research Center

Promoting a Culture of Safety: Use of the Hospital Survey On Patient Safety Culture in Critical Access Hospitals [Policy Brief]

Abstract: 

The authors discuss the use of patient safety culture surveys as a means to promote organizational learning and build a culture of safety. Detailed information on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture and adaptation for use in rural hospitals is available in the Briefing Paper.(http://flexmonitoring.org/documents/BriefingPaper30_Patient-Safety-Cultu...) A listing of additional tools and resources to enhance patient safety culture is provided in both the Policy Brief and the Briefing Paper.<br></br>
Key Facts:<li>
Establishing a culture of patient safety includes promoting a non-punitive environment of shared accountability (a just culture), encouragement to report errors (a reporting culture), and development of a learning culture.
<li>Research demonstrates a positive relationship between organizational culture and safety outcomes for both patients and employees.
<li>Use of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture has been effective for planning, implementing, and evaluating targeted patient safety interventions in Critical Access Hospitals.</li>

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
May 4, 2012
URL: 
http://flexmonitoring.org/documents/PolicyBrief27_Patient-Safety-Culture-CAHs.pdf

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.

 

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