Authors: Qasim Al Ma'mari, Loai Abu Sharour, Omar Al Omari
Objectives: This study was conducted to identify the predictors of critical care nurses’ perceptions of patient safety culture and the frequency of event reporting.
Methods: A cross-sectional study design was used. Patient safety culture was assessed using the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture, which was completed by 270 critical care nurses working in two hospitals in Oman.
Results: The results revealed that teamwork within units had the highest positive score (91.8%), followed by organisational learning and continuous improvement (86.3%) and feedback and communication about errors (77.7%). Regression analysis showed that teamwork within units, supervisor/manager expectations and actions promoting patient safety, organisational learning and continuous improvement, management support for patient safety, feedback and communication about errors, teamwork across units, staffing, hospital handoffs and transitions, and patient safety grade were all predictors of the overall perception of patient safety culture among critical care nurses in Oman (R2=0.462, adjusted R2=0.186; F=7.83, p<0.0001). Regression analysis showed that openness in communication, income, non-punitive response to errors, organisational learning and continuous improvement, and feedback and communication about errors were predictors of the frequency of events reporting among critical care nurses in Oman (R2=0.24, adjusted R2=0.043; F=3.41, p<0.0001).
Conclusion: Patient safety culture is an important indicator of the quality of care, and represents one of the key performance indicators in the healthcare setting.