Special Issue "Patient Safety Culture in Hospitals"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.
Interests: health services research; patient safety and patient safety culture; patient experience with healthcare; health care quality; organizational culture; implementation science; program evaluation; survey research and methodology
Interests: quality improvement; patient safety; health services research; safety culture and resilience; health care process evaluation; implementation science; health care systems and governance
We are organizing a Special Issue on hospital patient safety culture under the section of Health Care Sciences & Services in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of health sciences and public health. For detailed information about the journal, we refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.
Healthcare delivery in hospitals around the world has changed dramatically since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019/early 2020. Health systems have had to quickly adapt to this crisis by developing new ways to deliver care to patients while maintaining the safety of healthcare professionals. This Special Issue invites recent research that focuses on patient safety culture and organizational culture in hospitals. Research conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic should include reflection on the impact of the findings in light of the current situation at the time of submission. We are interested in capturing insights and lessons learned during this unprecedented time in healthcare delivery, as well as comparisons to the time before the crisis. Potential areas of interest, among others, include hospital-based research focused on:
- The adaption and/or implementation of processes, practices or initiatives before or during the pandemic that affect hospital patient safety culture/organizational culture and/or quality of care;
- Whether system adaptations will only be effective during a pandemic or could result in lasting benefits to patient care;
- Understanding and interpreting hospital patient safety culture/organizational culture during a pandemic compared to a non-pandemic time;
- Relationships between hospital patient safety culture/organizational culture and healthcare professional safety and wellbeing;
- How hospital leadership response to the pandemic affects patient safety culture/organizational culture;
- Resilience in crisis situations and its relationship to quality of care and hospital patient safety culture/organizational culture;
- Patient experience of care in crisis situations related to hospital patient safety culture/organizational culture;
- Innovation and creativity in crisis situations related to hospital patient safety culture/organizational culture;
- Teamwork and communication within hospitals during the pandemic.
This Special Issue of IJERPH, entitled “Hospital Patient Safety Culture” welcomes the submission of research involving quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods, as well as practice-oriented research or reviews of relevant scientific literature.
Dr. Joann Sorra
Prof. Dr. Cordula Wagner
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Patient safety culture
- Organizational culture
- Healthcare delivery
- Healthcare quality
- Healthcare safety
- Workplace/workforce/healthcare professional safety
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Healthcare professional burnout/stress
- Healthcare management
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Organizational Atmosphere in Israeli Hospital during COVID-19: Concerns, Perceptions, and Burnout
Authors: Bashkin Osnat 1, *, Davidovitch Nadav 2, Asna Noam3, Schwartz Doron4, and Dopelt Keren 1, 2
Affiliation: 1 Department of Public Health, Ashkelon Academic College, Israel, [email protected]; 2 Department of Health Systems Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, [email protected], [email protected]; 3 Oncology Institute, Ziv Medical Center, Israel, [email protected]; 4 Institute of Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases, Soroka University Medical Center, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, [email protected]
Abstract: The COVID-19 has become one of the most severe health crises in recent decades. In Israel, over 480,000 people have been infected with the virus up to date. The pandemic presents challenges for healthcare systems, affecting medical teams on the frontlines of the fight against it. The current study examined Israeli healthcare workers' perceptions and concerns with the coronavirus crisis and its management. 547 healthcare workers from a large university medical center in Israel responded to an electronic survey carried out at the end of the first phase of the pandemic in Israel (May 2020). The survey included demographics, concerns with COVID-19 at individual and family levels, perceptions at the national and systemic level, attitudes towards the crisis management, self-assessment of coping with the crisis and burnout. Healthcare workers expressed high rates of concerns for family members and apprehensions at a national level (for example, worries with economic crisis accompanied to the pandemic and increased spread of the virus). Respondents noted that they are coping well with the crisis while expressing negative perceptions towards the crisis management at the national level. Regression model showed that concerns for family members, perceptions at the system level, working directly with COVID-19 patients, and having negative perceptions towards the crisis management at the national level, were associated with burnout. The findings emphasize the importance of a continuous examination of medical staff concerns and needs during the pandemic and its effect on burnout. Examining perceptions of medical staff who are dealing with the pandemic is essential to improve organizational culture and healthcare systems' readiness to continue fighting the virus and confronting future health crises.
Title: The Perceptions of Patient Safety Culture and Medication Error Reporting Among Early-and Mid-Career Female Nurses in South Korea
Authors: Sun Joo Jang; Haeyoung Lee; Youn-Jung Son *
Affiliation: Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974
Abstract: Reporting medication errors is crucial to quality improvement and patient safety in acute care settings. A positive safety culture can promote reporting rate of medication errors. To date, little is known about this topic in early career nurses and how it varies between early and mid-career nurses. Thus, this study aimed to comapre the perceptions of patient safety culture and medication error reproting and identify their association between early (under the age of 35) and mid-career (ages 35-54) female nurses. This study used a cross-sectional, secondary data analysis design. A total of 311 hospital nurses (260 early career and 51 mid-career nures) completed the questionnaires including the validated tool on perceived patient safety culture and medication error reporting. Early career nureses had a lower level of perception on patient safety culture (p=0.034) and a relatively low reporting rate of medication error (p=0.320) compared to mid-career nurses. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that longer clinical experience with more than 3 years and higher level of perceived patient safety culture increased the reporting rate of medication error reporting among early career nurses. However, perception of patient safety culture was not significantly associated with medication error reporting among mid-career nurses. Future studies should further investigate the role of positive perception on patient safety culture on reporting errors considering multidimensional aspects including hospital contextual factors among early, mid, and late career nurses.