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Attitudes of Doctors and Nurses toward Patient Safety Within Emergency Departments of a Saudi Arabian Hospital: A Qualitative Study

Version 1 : Received: 10 February 2019 / Approved: 12 February 2019 / Online: 12 February 2019 (11:36:02 CET)

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Alzahrani, N.; Jones, R.; Abdel-Latif, M.E. Attitudes of Doctors and Nurses toward Patient Safety within Emergency Departments of a Saudi Arabian Hospital: A Qualitative Study. Healthcare 2019, 7, 44. Alzahrani, N.; Jones, R.; Abdel-Latif, M.E. Attitudes of Doctors and Nurses toward Patient Safety within Emergency Departments of a Saudi Arabian Hospital: A Qualitative Study. Healthcare 2019, 7, 44.

Journal reference: Healthcare 2019, 7, 44
DOI: 10.3390/healthcare7010044

Abstract

Introduction: The attitudes of doctors and nurses toward patient safety is a significant factor in hospital safety climates and medical error rates. Yet, there are very few studies of patient safety attitudes in Saudi hospitals and none conducted in hospital emergency departments. Aims: The current study aims to investigate the discrepancy between the patient safety attitudes of doctors and nurses in a Saudi hospital emergency department. Materials and Method: The study employed a qualitative research designvia semi-structured interviews with Saudi and non-Saudi doctors and nurses working in a Saudi hospital emergency department to determine their attitudes and experiences about the patient safety climate. Results: The findings showed doctors and nurse held some similar safety attitudes, however, nurses reported issues with doctors with respect to their teamwork, communication, and patient safety attitudes. Moreover, several barriers to the patient safety climate were identified such as limits to resources, teamwork, communication, and incident reporting. Conclusion: The findings provide one of the few research contributions to knowledge on the differential patient safety attitudes of Saudi and non-Saudi doctors and nurses and suggest the application of such knowledge would enhance positive patient outcomes in emergency departments.

Subject Areas

Patient Safety Climate Attitudes, Hospital Emergency Department, Qualitative

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