Evaluating the effectiveness of a peer-led education intervention to improve the patient safety attitudes of junior pharmacy students: a cross-sectional study using a latent growth curve modelling approach

January 27, 2016

Source:  BMJ Open

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Date of publication:  December 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Researchers in Australia tested using senior pharmacy trainees as peer educators to improve knowledge about patient safety. Junior trainees were surveyed before, immediately after and one month after taking part in a patient safety education programme. Feedback was compared with those who had not taken part. The programme covered introductory patient safety topics including teamwork, communication skills, systems thinking and open disclosure. Two lectures were provided by a lecturer and a workshop was provided by final-year pharmacy students. Trainees’ safety attitudes improved, particularly with regards to questioning behaviours and open disclosure of incidents.

Length of publication:  1 webpage


The patient safety culture as perceived by staff at two different emergency departments before and after introducing a flow-oriented working model with team triage and lean principles: a repeated cross-sectional study

August 27, 2014

Source:  BMC Health Services Research 14/1 pp. 296

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Date of publication:  July 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This Swedish study aimed to describe the patient safety culture in an emergency department at two different hospitals before and after a lean quality improvement (QI) project, which aimed to enhance patient safety. Staff completed a questionnaire before and after the intervention. The intervention was associated with improved perceptions of teamwork within both hospitals and across hospital units at one hospital. One of the hospitals also had improved perceptions of communication openness. Physicians were more likely to perceive the changes than other staff.

Length of Publication:  1 web page


The surgical safety checklist survey: a national perspective on patient safety

June 24, 2013

Source:  Irish Journal of Medical Science Vol/iss 182/2 pp. 171-176

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The World Health Organisation recommended practices to ensure the safety of patients worldwide in 2008. This led to the development of the Surgical Safety Checklist (SSC) which Ireland has endorsed. The authors aimed to determine whether the SSC is being implemented and to identify problems associated with its introduction and on-going implementation. They found that it has not been implemented throughout all operating departments in Ireland, but where it has been introduced there has been a perceived positive change in safety culture. The authors state that a formal audit of morbidity and mortality is required.

Length of Publication:  6 pages

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Safety culture: What is it and how do we monitor and measure it?

April 26, 2013

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  March 2013

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  A report from a roundtable event hosted by the Health Foundation in February to discuss what is understood as ‘safety culture’, why it is significant and how it can be measured and monitored. The event was held as part of the Health Foundation’s work to lead a change in thinking about patient safety. There is a summary of the discussion and the themes that should be explored further.

Length of Publication:  6 pages


Apprenticeships enhance patient safety and care.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Nursing Times 2011 Apr 12-18; 107(14):21-2.

Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article provides details of a modern staff apprenticeship programme. It shows how it can act as a recruitment path for health care assistants and so benefit patient safety. The article also describes other staff development approaches to improve safety.

Length of publication: 2 pages

Some important information:  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article.  Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Patient safety culture: an Italian experience.

May 28, 2011

Source:  Journal of Clinical Nursing Vol 20 Issue 7-8 pp1188-1195

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: The authors’ aim was to understand the level of awareness health professionals working in an Italian hospital had of patient safety by using the Italian version of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture questionnaire and also to validate the tool’s effectiveness.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence


Triage Position Statement

May 28, 2011

Source: College of Emergency Medicine

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Date of publication: April 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This document sets out ways to streamline the triage process to reduce waiting times, ensure that the patient sees the right healthcare professional quicker.

Length of publication: 3 pages

Acknowledgement: NHS Evidence