Table 3

Number and ranks of suggestions for improving patient safety made by health workforce staff, managers and patient-safety specialists

Categories of safety suggestionsSuggestions
Workforce staffWorkforce managersPatient-safety specialists
No (%), rank*No (%), rank*No (%), rank*
Incident reporting56 (4.1%), 935 (5.3%), 928 (10.0%), 5.5
Education and supervision186 (13.6%), 398 (14.9%), 238 (13.5%), 3
Guidelines and reviews61 (4.5%), 844 (6.7%), 666 (23.5%), 1
Better management and leadership66 (4.8%), 743 (6.5%), 717 (6.0%), 7.5
Communication/teamwork201 (14.7%), 272 (10.9%), 530 (10.7%), 4
Improve staffing368 (26.9%), 1162 (24.6%), 117 (6.0%), 7.5
Equipment/infrastructure140 (10.2%), 589 (13.5%), 315 (5.3%), 9
Increase patient focus106 (7.8%), 637 (5.6%), 828 (10.0%), 5.5
Target specific issues182 (13.3%), 479 (12.0%), 442 (14.9%), 2
Total suggestions made by group1366 (100%)659 (100%)281 (100%)
  • * Ranked from 1 (most suggestions) to 9 (fewest).