Leadership Ineffective in Patient Safety Walkrounds
BMJ Quality and Safety.
Researchers conducted a qualitative analysis of walkround programs at two teaching hospitals. Their analysis included interviews with senior leaders and front-line staff members.
According to the study, "senior leaders tended to regard executive visibility as an end in itself and generally did not engage with staff concerns beyond the walkrounds encounter." Additionally, some senior leaders reportedly believed they understood patient safety concerns better than the front-line staff, even calling some staff concerns "stupid," according to the study.
According to the Health Research & Educational Trust, walkrounds aim to increase safety issue awareness, make safety a high priority for senior leadership, educate staff about patient safety concepts, collect information from staff on barriers to safety, analyze and act on this information and give feedback to providers and leadership on patient safety processes.
Researchers suggest senior leaders should be better prepared to help avoid counterproductive behaviors observed in the study.
More Articles on Quality:
Study: Patients With Learning Disabilities Receive Lower Quality of Care
Medical Malpractice Safe Harbor Better for Patient Safety Than Physician Liability, Study Finds
9 Widely Implemented Readmission Reduction Strategies
© Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS 2012. Interested in LINKING to or REPRINTING this content? View our policies by clicking here.
To receive the latest hospital and health system business and legal news and analysis from Becker's Hospital Review, sign-up for the free Becker's Hospital Review E-weekly by clicking here.
- The Future of ACOs for Anesthesiologists
- Healthcare Exchange Traded Funds See Biggest Boom in Years
- FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Off-Label Use Information Dissemination
- Surgical Care Affiliates President & CEO Andrew Hayek Among 2014 Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellows
- A Look at ASC Valuation Through the Eyes of M&D Companies