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Hospitals With A Teamwork Culture Have Better Patient Safety Climates | Debary Malpractice Attorney

Hospitals With A Teamwork Culture Have Better Patient Safety Climates

Hospitals with a group or teamwork culture have a significantly higher safety climate than those hospitals that do not, according to a new study.

The study’s findings show that a hospital’s cultural climate is critical to the success of quality improvement programs designed to increase patient safety.

“A significant positive correlation was found between a high patient safety climate and a group/teamwork organizational culture,” according to a news release from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, which helped support the study. “Alternatively, there was a high negative correlation between safety climate and institutions with a hierarchical culture. These hospitals had significantly lower average safety climate scores than hospitals with group culture environments.”

Researchers distributed surveys to hospitals and to managers and providers in adult and pediatric intensive care units (ICUs) of 40 Hospital Corporation of America hospitals. The surveys asked about organizational culture and the working safety climate.

A total of 64 ICUs from 40 hospitals returned 1,406 completed surveys for analysis. Respondents were nurses (66.2 percent), physicians (5.3 percent), allied clinicians, and ancillary nursing staff.

Fifteen of the 40 hospitals were classified as having a hierarchical culture. Another 15 were determined to have a group/teamwork culture. The remaining 10 organizations had a balanced culture.

Although cultures varied by hospital, those with a group/teamwork culture had significantly higher safety climate scores compared with hierarchical culture hospitals.

“The culture of an organization can influence how well individuals and institutions adapt to change,” researchers wrote. “This is particularly true in health care, where quality improvement depends heavily on teamwork and innovation. Overly bureaucratic institutions with hierarchical cultures and defined chain of command tend to favor stability and resist change.”

Attempts to understand underlying factors and to foster a climate of teamwork will have a positive impact on a hospital’s patient safety climate, concluded the researchers.

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