U.S. News and World Report Outlines Benefit of Safety Culture Surveys

January 13, 2014    |   By: Calevir

Calling an increase in safety culture surveys “a positive sign,” a Jan. 8 article in U.S. News and World Report describes the significant improvements in healthcare that have resulted from improved safety culture.   The article notes that “[s]afety culture is an appealing metric for evaluating hospital performance,” and suggests that the magazine may build it into its methodology for evaluating hospitals’ performance in high-volume conditions and procedures.

The authors cite the Michigan Keystone project as a “striking demonstration” of how a well-done survey can enhance care.   They quote Peter Pronovost, director of the Quality and Safety Research Group at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who concludes that “Safety culture is measurable, it seems to correlate with outcomes, and…it’s responsive to interventions.”

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