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Development and validation of a measure to assess patients’ perceptions of their safety...

Why you should read this article: • To understand the value of a tool to measure patients’ perceptions of safety in acute settings • To appreciate how the King’s Patient Safety Measure can be appropriate for a diverse range of patients • To assess the use of the KPSM as a real-time early warning tool Background Safety measurement tools have traditionally examined safety climate and culture from the perspective of healthcare professionals. A small number of studies have used tools to measure patients’ perceptions of safety. Aim To develop and check the validity of a questionnaire, the King’s Patient Safety Measure (KPSM), that assesses how patients perceive their safety when receiving acute care. Discussion A cross-sectional survey of 158 patients was undertaken that was constructed to establish the validity and reliability of a 13-item questionnaire. A general linear model statistically tested how patients perceived the safety of their care and whether those views were associated with covariates that included characteristics such as age, gender, ethnic identity, socio-economic factors, how long they stayed in hospital and the way they were admitted to hospital. Conclusion The KPSM is a validated tool consisting of a single factor that is internally consistent. Implications for practice The KPSM is appropriate for and potentially applicable to a diverse range of patients and could act as an early warning tool.

Developing a self-administered questionnaire: methods and considerations

Developing a self-administered questionnaire: methods and considerations

A structured process for developing self-administered questionnaires

Academic writing retreats for nurses and allied health professionals: developing engagement, dissemination and collaboration opportunities

Academic writing retreats for nurses and allied health professionals

Developing engagement, dissemination and collaboration opportunities

Psychoanalytic therapy and narrative research interviewing: some reflections

Psychoanalytic therapy and narrative research interviewing: some reflections

Consider how you conduct interviews and what to share of the participants’ accounts

Using mobile phones, WhatsApp and phone interviews to explore how children’s hospice nurses manage long-term relationships with parents: a feasibility pilot

Exploring how children’s hospice nurses manage long-term relationships with parents

A feasibility study using mobile phones, WhatsApp and phone interviews

Handling missing data through prevention strategies in self-administered questionnaires: a discussion paper

Handling missing data through prevention strategies in self-administered questionnaires

A discussion paper on strategies to prevent missing data in self-administered questionnaires

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My research study improves patient care – how can I share it?

Tips and rules for successfully sharing your research at a conference or professional meeting