The link between healthcare risk identification and patient safety culture

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    Purpose: Risk identification plays a key role identifying patient safety risks. As previous research on risk identification practices, as applied to patient safety, and its association with safety culture is limited, the purpose of this paper is to evaluate current practice to address gaps and potential room for improvement. Design/methodology/approach: The authors carry out interview-based questionnaires in one UK hospital to investigate real-world risk identification practices with eight healthcare staff, including managers, nurses and a medical consultant. Considering various aspects from both risk identification and safety culture practices, the authors investigate how these two are interrelated. Findings: The interview-based questionnaires were helpful for evaluating current risk identification practices. While gaining significant insights into risk identification practices, such as experiences using current tools and methods, mainly retrospective ones, results also explicitly showed its link with the safety culture and highlighted the limitation in measuring the relationship. Originality/value: The interviews addressed valuable challenges affecting success in the risk identification process, including limitations in safety culture practice, training, balancing financial and safety concerns, and integrating risk information from different tools and methods.

    Original languageBritish English
    Pages (from-to)574-587
    Number of pages14
    JournalInternational Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 15 Apr 2019


    • Patient safety
    • Quality improvement
    • Risk management
    • Safety culture


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