Pediatric caregivers' perception of hospital safety culture varies greatly, study shows

A study published in the Journal of Patient Safety shows that pediatric healthcare professionals have vast differences in how they view safety culture at U.S. hospitals.

For the study, researchers used data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 2016 Hospital Patient Safety Culture survey. The survey measured 12 safety culture dimensions for 6,682 U.S.-based registered nurses, physician assistants/nurse practitioners, physicians and administrators/managers.

Researchers found there were low levels of agreement among pediatric caregivers regarding overall safety culture.

Perceptions of RNs, PAs/NPs and physicians differed from pediatric administrators/managers in nine of the 12 dimensions, while the perceptions of pediatric RNs and physicians differed in six of the 12.

The four categories of hospital workers also found punitive cultures prevalent in the pediatric specialty.

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