Patient safety culture assessment in Oman

Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Moosa Al-Kindi, Jihane Tawilah, Atsu S.S. Dorvlo, Samir Al-Adawi*

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Objective: To illustrate the patient safety culture in Oman as gleaned via 12 indices of patient safety culture derived from the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSPSC) and to compare the average positive response rates in patient safety culture between Oman and the USA, Taiwan, and Lebanon. Methods: This was a cross-sectional research study employed to gauge the performance of HSPSC safety indices among health workers representing five secondary and tertiary care hospitals in the northern region of Oman. The participants (n=398) represented different professional designations of hospital staff. Analyses were performed using univariate statistics. Results: The overall average positive response rate for the 12 patient safety culture dimensions of the HSPSC survey in Oman was 58%. The indices from HSPSC that were endorsed the highest included 'organizational learning and continuous improvement' while conversely, 'non-punitive response to errors' was ranked the least. There were no significant differences in average positive response rates between Oman and the United States (58% vs. 61%; p=0.666), Taiwan (58% vs. 64%; p=0.386), and Lebanon (58% vs. 61%; p=0.666). Conclusion: This study provides the first empirical study on patient safety culture in Oman which is similar to those rates reported elsewhere. It highlights the specific strengths and weaknesses which may stem from the specific milieu prevailing in Oman.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalOman Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Health care surveys
  • Hospital administration
  • Oman
  • Organizational culture
  • Patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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