Does improving safety culture affect patient outcomes?

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This research scan from the Health Foundation describes studies examining the link between safety culture or climate and patient outcomes. It asks: what evidence is available about the link between safety culture or climate and patient outcomes?

It found that there is some evidence that safety culture impacts on staff outcomes, but less evidence of an impact on patient outcomes. It does however note that there are an increasing number of studies which suggest that safety climate has improved simultaneously with patient outcomes or process measures following an intervention.

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