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Predictors of the perceived impact of a patient safety collaborative: an exploratory study

Pinto, Anna, Benn, Jonathan, Burnett, Susan, Parand, Anam and Vincent, Charles (2011) Predictors of the perceived impact of a patient safety collaborative: an exploratory study. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 23 (2). pp. 173-181. ISSN 1353-4505

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Identification Number: 10.1093/intqhc/mzq089


Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of various factors on the perceived impact of a patient safety improvement collaborative in the UK, the Safer Patients Initiative (SPI). Study design: A cross-sectional survey design was used. Study setting: Twenty National Health Service organizations from the UK that participated in the main phase of the SPI programme, which ran from September 2007 to 2008. Participants: Senior executive leads, clinical operational leads in the four clinical areas targeted by the programme, programme coordinators and any other staff involved in the SPI (n= 635). Intervention: The SPI is a patient safety improvement intervention based on the Breakthrough Series Collaborative model (Institute of Healthcare Improvement, 2004) aimed at improving patient safety in four clinical areas (general ward care, intensive care, perioperative care and pharmacy) through implementing a number of evidence-based clinical practices and a focus on organizational leadership. Outcome measures: Participant perceptions of the impact of the programme on their organizations. Results: Exploratory regression analysis showed that programme management, the value assigned to programme methodology and length of data collection contributed the largest variance in perceived impact of the SPI followed by perceived support from junior doctors, inter-professional collaboration, difference of the programme from existing safety improvement practices and organizational readiness. Conclusions: The resulting model suggests hierarchical importance for a range of variables to support future research concerning the mechanisms by which large-scale organizational programmes, such as the SPI, impact on the care systems they are designed to influence.

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Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Departments > Social Psychology
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 12:36
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2020 01:34

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