The Impact of Effective Communication on Perceptions of Patient Safety-A Prospective Study in Selected Polish Hospitals

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jul 27;19(15):9174. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159174.


Interpersonal communication plays a key role in the treatment process. It affects not only the patient's satisfaction with the course of treatment, but also allows the achievement of the best outcome in the therapeutic process. The process of patient empowerment and putting them in the role of a partner in the therapeutic process makes it possible to build a relationship based on trust, kindness and empathy. The aim of the study is to show the relationship between a patient's sense of safety and access to health information, friendly and empathetic treatment by medical staff and a relationship based on trust. The study is conducted on patients from public hospitals in Wrocław by using the author's questionnaire. One of the five most important factors according to respondents is the sense of safety, as reported by more than half of the patients (54.4%)-this is the opinion of more than half of the patients (54.4%). The respondents assessed the quality of patient care as an average of M = 41.1/50 points. There is a strong positive correlation between the sense of security and the access to information (rho = 0.642), kind treatment (rho = 0.623), trust in medical staff (rho = 0.758) and satisfaction with hospital stay (rho = 0.758).

Keywords: communication; health care; patient safety.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Poland
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

Grants and funding

The study was funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of Poland under the statutory grant of the Wroclaw Medical University SUBZ.E260.22.074.