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Patient safety culture among European cancer nurses - an exploratory, cross-sectional survey comparing data from Estonia, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom

Sharp, Lena, Rannus, Kristi, Olofsson, Anna, Kelly, Daniel and Oldenmenger, Wendy H. 2019. Patient safety culture among European cancer nurses - an exploratory, cross-sectional survey comparing data from Estonia, Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom. Journal of Advanced Nursing 75 (12) , pp. 3535-3543. 10.1111/jan.14177

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Abstract

Aim To explore the differences in perceived patient safety culture in cancer nurses working in Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Design An exploratory cross‐sectional survey. Methods In 2018, 393 cancer nurses completed the 12 dimensions of the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. Results The mean score for the overall patient safety grade was 61.3. The highest rated dimension was ‘teamwork within units' while ‘staffing' was the lowest in all four countries. Nurses in the Netherlands and in the United Kingdom, scored higher on ‘communication openness', the ‘frequency of events reported' and ‘nonpunitive response to errors', than nurses from Estonia or Germany. We found statistically significant differences between the countries for the association between five of the 12 dimensions with the overall patient safety grade: overall perception of patient safety, communication openness, staffing, handoffs and transitions and nonpunitive response to errors. Conclusion Patient safety culture, as reported by cancer nurses, varies between European countries and contextual factors, such as recognition of the nursing role and education have an impact on it. Cancer nurses' role in promoting patient safety is a key concern and requires better recognition on a European and global level.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0309-2402
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 June 2020
Date of Acceptance: 6 August 2019
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2020 10:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/125107

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