Understanding and attitudes towards patient safety concepts in obstetrics

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Sep;98(3):212-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2007.05.012. Epub 2007 Jul 5.


Objectives: To measure attitudes of health personnel towards patient safety, and to determine how the concept of patient safety varies between maternal health centers and types of health care personnel.

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study included 35 primary heath centers in three governorates in Egypt. The subjects comprised all managers, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and technicians.

Results: The overall mean for all questions and respondents was 3.89+/-0.59 (scale 1-5). The safety climate mean was 3.64+/-0.67. The percentage of respondents viewing the safety climate as positive was 36%. Only 7% of respondents had received feedback after referral of a case of severe pre-eclampsia.

Conclusion: The concept of patient safety in the centers studied is not as strong as desirable for the provision of reliable health care. The culture is one of a penalizing nature with suppressed error reporting, lack of proper communication, and feedback failure.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Egypt
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Personnel, Hospital
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Pre-Eclampsia / therapy*
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Management
  • Safety Management*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*