Transforming health care through research and education.
Leveraging research and education to create a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.
In September 2004, Trustee magazine and the Health Research & Educational Trust surveyed a panel of CEOs, board chairs, and a wider set of board members on the important topic of patient safety. The findings below are based upon a set of 196 responses. Fifty-seven percent of respondents were board members, 27% were CEOs, and 16% were board chairs. Almost half (48%) of respondents had more than five years of experience in their current positions, and 41% of respondents represented facilities with fewer than 100 beds.
Patient Safety as Agenda Item
Sixty-two percent of respondents indicated that patient safety is a regular agenda item at board meetings. An additional 24% indicated that while not regularly on the agenda, regular formal reports on patient safety were given to the board. Fewer than 6% of the respondents reported that patient safety was not a regular agenda item or the subject of regular reports.
Patient Safety Reports
Regarding patient safety-related reports that the board sees on a regular basis, more than 70% of the respondents indicated that their board saw reports on sentinel events and recommendations for improvement in patient safety. Although no other category was reported by more than 50% of the respondents, “near misses” were indicated by 48%. Only 8% of respondents reported not seeing any specific information on patient safety.
Board Education and Patient Safety
Two-thirds (66%) of respondents indicated that there had been board education on both patient safety and medication errors. Only 19% indicated that there was no such education on either topic. The most common sources of this education were hospital or system administration (88%) and hospital or system medical staff (41%).
Trends in Attention to Patient Safety and Current Needs of Board
Eighty-one percent of respondents indicated that there has been more attention paid to patient safety by their board in the last three years. A majority of respondents indicated that they would like additional information or education in their role as a health care provider or board member in the areas of health care quality improvement (72%), physician relations (60%), patient safety (60%), and new information technology for health care (55%).
©2006-2016 by the American Hospital Association. All rights reserved. Noncommercial use of original content on www.aha.org is granted to AHA Institutional Members, their employees and State, Regional and Metro Hospital Associations unless otherwise indicated. AHA does not claim ownership of any content, including content incorporated by permission into AHA produced materials, created by any third party and cannot grant permission to use, distribute or otherwise reproduce such third party content. To request permission to reproduce AHA content, please click here.