Table 3

Domain C, safety climate of my ward/in department

Total N=519AgreeNeutralDisagree
 1. I am confident I could talk openly here about an error I had made, no matter how serious the outcome had been for my patient263 (51%)133 (26%)123 (24%)
 2. I believe medical errors are handled appropriately on my ward/in my department288 (55%)164 (32%)67 (13%)
 3. The senior managers in my hospital listen to me and care about my patient safety concerns*163 (31%)209 (40%)147 (28%)
 4. The senior doctors in my department listen to me and care about my patient safety concerns*362 (70%)100 (19%)57 (11%)
 5. The senior ward nurses listen to me and care about my patient safety concerns*333 (64%)137 (26%)49 (9%)
 6. My suggestions about patient safety would be acted upon if I expressed them to management*186 (36%)222 (43%)111 (21%)
 7. I know the proper channels to direct questions regarding patient safety244 (47%)144 (28%)131 (25%)
 8. I would feel safe here being treated as an inpatient*311 (60%)140 (27%)68 (13%)
 9. Staff often disregard protocols or guidelines established on the ward/in the department*52 (10%)117 (23%)350 (67%)
10. Admitting an error I had made would lead to just and fair treatment by management*200 (39%)223 (43%)96 (18%)
11. Nurses on my ward are likely to criticise me for making mistakes*170 (33%)166 (32%)183 (35%)
12. Doctors in my team are likely to criticise me for making mistakes*142 (27%)179 (35%)197 (38%)
13. I am encouraged by my seniors to report any safety concerns I may have276 (53%)159 (31%)84 (16%)
14. Patient safety is constantly reinforced as a priority on my ward/in this department282 (54%)158 (30%)79 (15%)
15. Management is more interested in meeting performance targets than focusing on patient safety issues*241 (46%)173 (33%)105 (20%)
  • For each statement, the ‘correct/desired’ response is highlighted in bold.

  • *Significant statistical difference between proportion endorsing ‘correct’ response versus ‘incorrect’ response (including neutral) at p<0.01.