Prioritizing a Just Patient Safety Culture
A just patient safety culture is the culmination of individual and group beliefs, values, attitudes, perceptions, competencies, and behavior patterns that determine an organization’s commitment to quality and patient safety.
In other words, to establish an effective patient safety culture, every healthcare team member should be equally committed to putting patient safety first. Furthermore, the team must continuously engage in actions that reflect that commitment.
Improving the safety culture within a healthcare environment is critical to preventing harm and improving the overall quality of care. Organizations that fail to prioritize a just patient safety culture are more likely to experience:
- Higher rates of patient harm
- Underreported safety events
- Increased costs