Application of the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ) in Albanian hospitals: a cross-sectional study.
Bottom Line: Moreover, nurses received lower scores on team work compared with doctors (N 45.7 vs D 52.3, p=0.01).The SAQ is a useful tool for evaluating safety attitudes in Albanian hospitals.In light of the health workforce's poor recognition of stress, establishing patient safety programmes should be a priority among policymakers in Albania.
Affiliation: Department of Health Management, Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine, Tirana, Albania.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Over the past two decades, many policy documents, national priorities and guidelines across Europe, North America, Australia and sections of the Asian continent have been developed with messages about developing a positive safety culture with regard to healthcare.4546 These types of initiatives are quite scarce and latent in Albania. Below, we present a contextualised framework (figure 1) that takes into account the Albanian Health Care System when considering how to promote a safety culture in an underfinanced healthcare system. The authors hope to broaden this perspective to similar health systems in Eastern European countries. Our main goal was to develop and test a framework for making the concept of safety culture meaningful and accessible to policymakers, healthcare managers and front-line staff, thus helping to facilitate a debate about ways to improve the safety culture in Albanian healthcare settings. We used a comprehensive review of the literature and national policy documents to identify the key dimensions of safety culture in healthcare settings.
Affiliation: Department of Health Management, Faculty of Public Health, University of Medicine, Tirana, Albania.