Thirst for change in a challenging environment: healthcare providers' perceptions of safety culture in a large Irish teaching hospital

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dc.contributor.author Gleeson, Laura L.
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Gary L.
dc.contributor.author O'Mahony, Denis
dc.contributor.author Byrne, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-06T10:41:43Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-06T10:41:43Z
dc.date.issued 2021-04-06
dc.identifier.citation Gleeson, L. L., O'Brien, G. L., O'Mahony, D. and Byrne, S. (2021) 'Thirst for change in a challenging environment: healthcare providers' perceptions of safety culture in a large Irish teaching hospital', Irish Journal of Medical Science. doi: 10.1007/s11845-021-02611-5 en
dc.identifier.issn 0021-1265
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11251
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11845-021-02611-5 en
dc.description.abstract Background: The Irish healthcare system is currently recognised as being understaffed and under-resourced due to historic underfunding and the aftermath of the 2008 global financial crisis. This descriptive study investigated healthcare providers’ perceptions of the safety culture in a large Irish teaching hospital. Aim: The aim of this study was to investigate healthcare workers’ perceptions of the safety culture in a large Irish teaching hospital in a climate of national under-resourcing of healthcare. Methods: Seventeen semi-structured interviews were carried out with patient-attending staff between February and June 2019. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Two predominant themes emerged from the interviews: (1) challenging environment and (2) thirst for change. Study participants described the poor working conditions in the hospital, but also recognised the importance of teamwork and communication in maintaining patient safety and had a strong appetite for change regarding the safety culture in the hospital. Conclusion: This study highlights the complex relationship between working conditions and safety culture. Hospital staff were committed to providing the best possible care for their patients but struggled to provide safe care in a challenging work environment. A clear appetite for change was identified amongst HCPs regarding patient safety culture in Irish healthcare. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG en
dc.rights © 2021, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. Published by Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in the Irish Journal of Medical Science. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11845-021-02611-5 en
dc.subject Interdisciplinary care en
dc.subject Irish healthcare en
dc.subject Safety culture en
dc.subject Tertiary care en
dc.title Thirst for change in a challenging environment: healthcare providers' perceptions of safety culture in a large Irish teaching hospital en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Laura Gleeson, Pharmacy, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: laura.gleeson@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2022-04-06
dc.date.updated 2021-05-06T08:29:22Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.internal.pmid 33822314
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal of Medical Science en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress laura.gleeson@ucc.ie en
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