Table 4

 Attitudes of healthcare professionals towards safety skills acquired from, and the value of, the Safety Improvement Program

Questionnaire itemParticipants responding, n (%)
Strongly agreeAgreeUnsureDisagreeStrongly disagree
RCA, root cause analysis; SIP, Safety Improvement Programme.
Since undertaking the SIP do you think that you are better trained in methods of dealing with patient safety in healthcare? (n = 251)69 (27.5)162 (64.1)12 (4.8)8 (3.2)1 (0.4)
Since undertaking the SIP do you think you can improve work processes for the provision of clinical care? (n = 251)43 (17.1)161 (64.1)31 (12.4)15 (6.0)1 (0.4)
Over the long term, the SIP will build a leadership group for advancement of safety in healthcare (n = 251)60 (23.9)123 (49.0)54 (21.5)10 (4.0)4 (1.6)
Considering the health system’s investment in the SIP, are the benefits you see worth the investment? (n = 248)79 (31.9)106 (42.7)47 (19.0)12 (4.8)4 (1.6)
Definitely Partly Unsure Slightly Not at all
Have you been able to apply the knowledge learnt from the SIP to your workplace? (n = 250)168 (67.2)74 (29.6)4 (1.6)2 (0.8)2 (0.8)
Have your work practices regarding safety and reporting errors changed since you attended the SIP? (n = 250)98 (39.2)101 (40.4)11 (4.4)17 (6.8)23 (9.2)
Did you have a sufficient understanding by the end of the SIP of what was required to conduct an RCA? (n = 250)145 (58.0)90 (36.0)1 (0.4)13 (5.2)1 (0.4)
In general, did the SIP provide you the skills to be involved in or lead an RCA ?(n = 251)123 (49.0)110 (43.8)4 (1.6)12 (4.8)2 (0.8)