49% of healthcare professionals feel equipped to achieve zero harm, survey finds

Nearly 2 million healthcare professionals do not feel they have the resources and training needed to achieve zero harm in their workplace, according to a new survey from The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare.

True Global Intelligence conducted the survey on behalf of the center, polling 1,050 healthcare professionals via on online survey between April 29 and May 3.

Four survey findings:

1. A majority (96 percent) of healthcare professionals said they were "fully committed" to zero harm.

2. Only 49 percent of respondents strongly agreed they had the resources needed to reach zero harm.

3. Eleven percent of healthcare professionals said they did not feel equipped to achieve zero harm. This figure equates to nearly 1.98 million people nationwide based on the CDC's estimate that 18 million Americans work in the healthcare field.

4. Twenty-one percent said they felt their individual role in the industry was too small to influence zero harm.

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