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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Unravelling the relationship between patient handling performance and safety climate: a mesoergonomic analysis
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Author:Patrick WATERSON (Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, United Kingdom)
Mike FRAY (Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, United Kingdom)
Colin MUNRO (Loughborough Design School, Loughborough University, United Kingdom)
Date: 2014-08-20     Track: A -Special sessions     Session: A8 - Health care symposium part III: A systems approach to health care
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2542

In this paper we describe our use of the Karsh et al. (2014) mesoergonomics framework in order to provide a clearer understanding of the relationship between patient safety climate and patient handling within a neurological rehabilitation setting. Six acute medical wards in a large UK teaching hospital took part. Data were collected using the TROPHI (Tool for Risk Outstanding in Patient Handling Interventions) and SCS (Safety Climate Survey). The results highlighted strengths and weakness in safety climate and patient handling performance. Correlations were achieved between TROPHI Safety Climate scores and SCS Overall Mean. The results suggest that the differences between scores across a variety of measures indicate that a wider range of data may be required to best represent the measure of safety climate in this occupational setting.