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Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire--ambulatory version.

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Modak, I; Sexton, JB; Lux, TR; Helmreich, RL; Thomas, EJ
Published in: J Gen Intern Med
January 2007

BACKGROUND: Provider attitudes about issues pertinent to patient safety may be related to errors and adverse events. We know of no instruments that measure safety-related attitudes in the outpatient setting. OBJECTIVE: To adapt the safety attitudes questionnaire (SAQ) to the outpatient setting and compare attitudes among different types of providers in the outpatient setting. METHODS: We modified the SAQ to create a 62-item SAQ-ambulatory version (SAQ-A). Patient care staff in a multispecialty, academic practice rated their agreement with the items using a 5-point Likert scale. Cronbach's alpha was calculated to determine reliability of scale scores. Differences in SAQ-A scores between providers were assessed using ANOVA. RESULTS: Of the 409 staff, 282 (69%) returned surveys. One hundred ninety (46%) surveys were included in the analyses. Cronbach's alpha ranged from 0.68 to 0.86 for the scales: teamwork climate, safety climate, perceptions of management, job satisfaction, working conditions, and stress recognition. Physicians had the least favorable attitudes about perceptions of management while managers had the most favorable attitudes (mean scores: 50.4 +/- 22.5 vs 72.5 +/- 19.6, P < 0.05; percent with positive attitudes 18% vs 70%, respectively). Nurses had the most positive stress recognition scores (mean score 66.0 +/- 24.0). All providers had similar attitudes toward teamwork climate, safety climate, job satisfaction, and working conditions. CONCLUSION: The SAQ-A is a reliable tool for eliciting provider attitudes about the ambulatory work setting. Attitudes relevant to medical error may differ among provider types and reflect behavior and clinic operations that could be improved.

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J Gen Intern Med

DOI

EISSN

1525-1497

Publication Date

January 2007

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start / End Page

1 / 5

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Workplace
  • Texas
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Safety Management
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Patient Care Team
  • Organizational Culture
  • Medical Errors
  • Male
 

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Modak, I., Sexton, J. B., Lux, T. R., Helmreich, R. L., & Thomas, E. J. (2007). Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire--ambulatory version. J Gen Intern Med, 22(1), 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-007-0114-7
Modak, Isitri, J Bryan Sexton, Thomas R. Lux, Robert L. Helmreich, and Eric J. Thomas. “Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire--ambulatory version.J Gen Intern Med 22, no. 1 (January 2007): 1–5. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-007-0114-7.
Modak I, Sexton JB, Lux TR, Helmreich RL, Thomas EJ. Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire--ambulatory version. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jan;22(1):1–5.
Modak, Isitri, et al. “Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire--ambulatory version.J Gen Intern Med, vol. 22, no. 1, Jan. 2007, pp. 1–5. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s11606-007-0114-7.
Modak I, Sexton JB, Lux TR, Helmreich RL, Thomas EJ. Measuring safety culture in the ambulatory setting: the safety attitudes questionnaire--ambulatory version. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Jan;22(1):1–5.
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Published In

J Gen Intern Med

DOI

EISSN

1525-1497

Publication Date

January 2007

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start / End Page

1 / 5

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Workplace
  • Texas
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Safety Management
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Patient Care Team
  • Organizational Culture
  • Medical Errors
  • Male