Table 4

Factors for achieving improved patient safety in the future
Response items Based on the current level of patient safety in your county council, how important do you think the following 22 factors would be toachieve increased patient safety? N
Very important (%) Moderately important (%) Slightly important (%) Not at all important (%) Cannot be further improved (%)
Improvement in organizational culture to encourage reporting and avoid blame 83 22 1 0 0 167
Improved communication between health care practitioners and patients 80 39 1 0 0 167
Improved communication among health care practitioners 78 16 1 0 0 167
Incorporation of patient safety education as a compulsory component of basic education for health care practitioners 77 19 1 0 1 167
Improved infection control, including improved hand hygiene 64 21 2 0 0 165
Increased education/training in issues related to patient safety for health care practitioners 60 31 5 0 1 165
Increased standardization of medical technology equipment and products 59 42 5 0 1 166
Improved logistics concerning hospital beds and overcrowding 52 39 7 0 2 166
Improved instruction/training concerning medical equipment 52 31 8 0 2 166
Stronger control from top-level management 50 36 11 1 1 167
Increased involvement by pharmacists, such as at hospital rounds 30 52 14 2 2 166
Increased number of physicians 24 60 24 1 2 166
More guidelines and recommended actions to guide the work of patient safety 22 50 23 4 1 166
Increased legal requirement to carry out activities and achieve results in terms of patient safety 22 44 27 9 2 166
Increased number of nurses 20 45 30 7 6 163
Continued financial incentive plan for the implementation of activities, achievements, etc. 19 35 33 8 2 166
More hospital beds 17 38 36 8 1 164
Confidential reporting of adverse events and incidents to an independent authority 15 29 40 7 4 163
Reduced penalty for staff who make mistakes 14 22 42 8 4 163
Increased collaboration with researchers 13 27 42 13 4 165
Reduced working hours for physicians 12 21 43 17 4 161
Increased penalty for personnel who make mistakes 2 6 38 49 6 159

Response items arranged according to the proportion of “very important” replies.

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Nygren et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:52   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-52

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