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16. Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung

Deutsches Netzwerk Versorgungsforschung e. V.

4. - 6. Oktober 2017, Berlin

Patient Safety Culture in Georgian healthcare – The study protocol and specific characteristics of study environment and of study sample

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  • Nikoloz Gambashidze - Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • Antje Hammer - Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
  • Tanja Manser - Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

16. Deutscher Kongress für Versorgungsforschung (DKVF). Berlin, 04.-06.10.2017. Düsseldorf: German Medical Science GMS Publishing House; 2017. DocP180

doi: 10.3205/17dkvf370, urn:nbn:de:0183-17dkvf3701

Published: September 26, 2017

© 2017 Gambashidze et al.
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Background: Georgian healthcare system is still developing and transforming, currently placing the emphasis on quality and safety of healthcare products and services. Building the culture of safety within healthcare providers is considered to be an important step towards improving patient safety. To date there are no validated instruments for measuring patient safety culture in Georgian hospitals. Current state of patient safety culture in Georgian healthcare providers is not studied, and characteristics of local determinants of patient safety culture is unknown.

Objective: Objective of the study is to evaluate current state and local characteristics of patient safety culture in Georgian healthcare.

Method: A Cross-sectional study is designed to achieve study objectives. Two instruments, Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) and Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ) are being translated and adapted to Georgian healthcare. Back-translation, as well as cultural and linguistic adaptation will be done before using the study instruments. In spring 2017 participating hospitals will be selected, where onsite trainings will be conducted for local medical directors, quality control officers and patient safety officers providing the details of the study subject, study protocol, as well as research instruments. Data gathering will take place between October 2017 and June 2018. The study sample from each participating hospital will be randomly stratified in two groups and each group will fill in one of the study instruments (HSOPS or SAQ). Psychometric properties of both instruments will be studied; performance of the instruments will be compared. The current state and characteristics of patient safety culture in participating hospitals will be evaluated.

Expected Results: The poster presentation describes study protocol, as well as characteristics of Georgian healthcare, particularly of selected participating hospitals, that need to be taken into account while planning and executing the study.

The results of the study serve as starting point for patient safety research and improvement in Georgian healthcare services. The study will provide translated and adapted research instruments and a baseline evaluation of patient safety culture in the country.