Healthcare researchers have developed and provided evidence for the psychometric quality of several safety culture surveys in healthcare settings via reliability and validity indices during the past ten years. They have also provided evidence that culture surveys are sensitive to change when different types of interventions are implemented in healthcare settings and that culture is associated with outcomes. Despite these findings, substantial opportunities exist to enhance the safety culture field, including improving the psychometrics of the surveys, determining how surveys can be used to drive changes in culture, quality, and safety, and determining how culture fits into the broader quality/safety framework. Our one-day conference entitled "Safety culture research: Ways to improve existing methods" addresses these opportunities by bringing together experts from several countries to share their expertise concerning safety culture research. We plan to cover five distinct topics in this one-day conference: (1) "Methods for assessing safety culture: A view from the outside" facilitated by Dr. Ron Hays, (2) "Review of safety culture dimensions and updates needed" facilitated by Dr. Jason Etchegaray, (3) "Using safety culture results to improve patient safety" facilitated by Dr. Joann Sorra, (4) "Putting safety culture into quality/safety framework: Where does it fit?" facilitated by Dr. Kaveh Shojania, and (5) "Safety culture: An international experience" presented by Dr. Charles Vincent and facilitated by Dr. Eric Thomas. By facilitating this conference, we will be able to get the foremost experts in safety culture research to discuss the most pressing issues impacting this field. We will disseminate key themes and findings from the discussion via a conference summary submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This conference leverages the skills and interests of the applicant team - Dr. Jason Etchegaray (PI), Dr. Eric Thomas (Other Significant Contributor), and Dr. Joann Sorra (consultant). All three have spent considerable time researching safety culture, have an established record of publications in this area, and are interested in improving the quality of dat collected from safety culture surveys. All three have collaborated on the design of this research proposal and will continue working together to make this conference a success.

Public Health Relevance

There are substantial opportunities to improve safety culture research. These opportunities include improving the psychometrics of the surveys, determining how surveys can be used to drive changes in culture, quality, and safety, and determining how culture fits into the broader quality/safety framework. Improving this area of research has patient safety implications given that culture permeates the environments in which patients receive care. Our one-day conference entitled Safety culture research: Ways to improve existing methods examines these opportunities by bringing together experts from several countries to share their expertise concerning safety culture research. __SpecificAimsTextDelimiter__ Safety culture research: Ways to improve existing methods 2. Specific Aims The Institute of Medicine noted in To Err is Human that healthcare organizations must develop a culture of safety such that an organization's design processes and workforce are focused on a clear goal - dramatic improvement in the reliability and safety of the care process (p. 166).1 Healthcare researchers and survey scientists have developed and provided evidence for the psychometric quality of several culture surveys in healthcare settings via reliability and validity indices during the past ten years. Additionally, they have started to provide evidence that culture surveys are sensitive to change when different types of interventions are implemented in healthcare settings and that culture is associated with outcomes. Despite these advances, there are substantial opportunities to improve the psychometrics of the surveys, to determine how surveys can be used to drive changes in culture, quality, and safety, and to determine how culture fits into the broader quality/safety framework. Our one-day conference entitled Safety culture research: Ways to improve existing methods addresses these opportunities by bringing together experts from several countries to share their expertise concerning safety culture research. We propose to cover five distinct topics in this one-day conference: (1) Methods for assessing safety culture: A view from the outside facilitated by Dr. Ron Hays, (2) Review of safety culture dimensions and updates needed facilitated by Dr. Jason Etchegaray, (3) Using safety culture results to improve patient safety facilitated by Dr. Joann Sorra, (4) Putting safety culture into quality/safety framework: Where does it fit? facilitated by Dr. Kaveh Shojania, and (5) Safety culture: An international experience presented by Dr. Charles Vincent and facilitated by Dr. Eric Thomas. By facilitating this conference, we will be able to get the foremost experts in safety culture research to discuss the most pressing issues impacting this field. We will disseminate key themes and findings from the discussion via a conference summary submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. This conference leverages the skills and interests of the applicant team - Dr. Jason Etchegaray (PI), Dr. Eric Thomas (Other Significant Contributor), and Dr. Joann Sorra (consultant). All three have spent considerable time researching safety culture, have an established record of publications in this area, and are interested in improving the quality of data collected from safety culture surveys. All three have collaborated on the design of this research proposal and will continue working together to make this conference a success.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Type
Conference (R13)
Project #
1R13HS023062-01
Application #
8711832
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHS1-HSR-T (03))
Program Officer
Battles, James
Project Start
2014-04-05
Project End
2015-03-31
Budget Start
2014-04-05
Budget End
2015-03-31
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2014
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
Department
Internal Medicine/Medicine
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
800771594
City
Houston
State
TX
Country
United States
Zip Code
77225