Development of a patient safety climate scale in Japan

Shinichi Matsubara, Akihito Hagihara, Koichi Nobutomo

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Abstract

Background. Although patient safety climate is an important factor in preventing adverse events in health care organizations, there is no usable Japanese scale. Objective. To develop a Japanese scale to measure patient safety climate and to evaluate its psychometric properties. Methods. Cross-sectional questionnaire survey was conducted with respect to 9 non-academic general hospitals in Japan. A total of 1878 health care professionals (nurses, therapists, technicians, pharmacists and physicians) were included in a study. Results. The eight dimensions measuring worker attitudes (free communication flow, continuous improvement, reporting/rules compliance and patient/family involvement) and organizational factors (supervisors' safety leadership, allied professionals' safety leadership, patient safety committee leadership and rules/equipment availability) were extracted by factor analysis. The internal consistency (measured by Cronbach's alpha) and repeatability (measured by intraclass correlation) were more than 0.70 for all subscales. In addition, the mean score, the within-group interrater reliability statistic (rwg) and the correlation coefficients of the mean score were confirmed at the workplace level. Conclusions. The scale showed acceptable dimensionality, reliability and validity. It also provided workplace team-evaluation and a tool for assessing the patient safety climate at the level of the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-220
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008

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Patient Safety
Climate
Japan
Workplace
Delivery of Health Care
Safety
Patient Compliance
Pharmacists
Psychometrics
Reproducibility of Results
General Hospitals
Statistical Factor Analysis
Cross-Sectional Studies
Nurses
Communication
Organizations
Physicians
Equipment and Supplies

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Development of a patient safety climate scale in Japan. / Matsubara, Shinichi; Hagihara, Akihito; Nobutomo, Koichi.

In: International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Vol. 20, No. 3, 01.06.2008, p. 211-220.

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Matsubara, Shinichi ; Hagihara, Akihito ; Nobutomo, Koichi. / Development of a patient safety climate scale in Japan. In: International Journal for Quality in Health Care. 2008 ; Vol. 20, No. 3. pp. 211-220.
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