The (Lack Of) Safety Culture

Fourth-year medical students, reflecting on their medicine and surgery clerkships, report a depressingly low impression of the safety culture they observed.  More than half of students reported a negative perception of the overall safety culture, physician-to-physician handoffs, punitive responses to error, and communication openness.  Students identified many unmet educational needs around patients safety, particularly practicing safe handoffs and disclosing medical errors to patients. – Laura Willett, MD

Bowman, C, Neeman, N, Sehgal, NL. Enculturation of Unsafe Attitudes and Behaviors: Student Perceptions of Safety Culture. Acad Med. 2013 Jun;88(6):802-10.

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