Organisational Development

Safety Culture

Safety Culture is a demonstrably reliable predictor of clinical safety behaviours and patient safety outcomes. For this reason the CEC is currently testing mixed-methods approaches to safety culture assessment comprised of quantitative staff surveys (using the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire) and ward-level focus groups and interviews.

This approach is consistent with the findings of a recent review of Safety Culture tools published by the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Healthcare: Safety Culture Assessment in Health Care: A review of the literature on safety culture assessment modes