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Seen through the patients’ eyes: surgical safety and checklists

Journal Contribution - Journal Article

Objective: We sought to explore the views patients have towards surgical safety and checklists. As a secondary aim, we explored if previous experience of error or other patient characteristics influence these views. Design: A cross-sectional survey study design was applied. Participants: The Flemish Patients’ Platform network and social media were used to recruit participants. Main outcome measure(s): An 11-item questionnaire was designed to assess the following constructs: perception of surgical safety, attitudes towards the WHO surgical safety checklist and attitudes regarding checklist usage. Results: Respondents’ view (N = 444) on the risk of an adverse event showed considerable variation. Respondents were positive towards the checklist, strongly agreeing that it would impact positively on their safety. However, this positive perception did not translate into an attitude where patients will actively inform themselves whether a checklist is used. The majority of respondents have no difficulty with repetitive verification of identity, procedure and location of the surgery. Respondents with a clinical background were the least anxious. Views were divided regarding hearing discussions around blood loss or airway problems. Conclusions: Patients perceive the checklist as a reliable safety tool. They do not mind repetitive verification of identity and procedure. However, hearing staff discussing specific, explicit, risks could cause anxiousness in some patients. Building a supportive and collaborative environment is needed to involve and empower patients to contribute in the realization of a safe hospital environment.
Journal: International journal for quality in health care
ISSN: 1353-4505
Issue: 2
Volume: 30
Pages: 118 - 123
Publication year:2018
Keywords:patient safety, quality improvement, patients, patient preference, attitudes, surgery, checklist
BOF-publication weight:1
CSS-citation score:1
Authors from:Higher Education, Hospital