Patient Safety Education Linked to Decreased Risk of Adverse Outcomes

A safety education geared toward patients may help decrease the risk of harmful outcomes, according to a study published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.

For this study, 202 patients admitted to the surgical department of a Swiss hospital underwent safety education. There was a control group of 218 patients to compare outcomes. All study participants completed a questionnaire at discharge.

 

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Results showed patients who underwent education were less likely to feel uninformed about medical errors and less likely to experience any safety related incidents compared to patients who did not undergo education. However, there was no difference in patients' perceived concern for medical errors during their hospital stay.

The researchers concluded a patient safety education program may help increase knowledge about safety without causing concern, which can boost communication between patients and their providers.

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