Running a workshop to discuss patient safety culture at a general practice improved the reporting of safety incidents.

Findings:Researchers from the Netherlands examined the effect of two patient safety culture interventions on incident reporting. Thirty general practices were randomly assigned to receive 1) a patient safety culture survey, 2) the survey plus a workshop or 3) no intervention. The number of reported incidents was measured using a survey at baseline and after one year. After adjusting for baseline incidents and practice size, practices that only completed the survey reported five times more incidents than the control group. Practices that also took part in a workshop reported 42 times more incidents than the control group. There were no differences between groups in staff perceptions of patient safety culture.

Reference:

Verbakel NJ, Langelaan M, Verheij TJ, Wagner C, Zwart DL. Effects of patient safety culture interventions on incident reporting in general practice: a cluster randomised trial. British Journal of General Practice. 2015 May;65(634):e319-e329
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