Professional culture and security: an innovative approach to implementing a medical facility

Keywords: professional safety, safety culture, models of safety culture, medical institution, medical sphere


The issue of safety culture is one of the most important in a modern medical facility because any problems during the provision of services may lead to irreversible consequences. Not only the patient may suffer, but the doctor who assisted. Unfortunately, very little attention to this issue is paid in Ukraine. Based on this, we can say that the topic is relevant and requires studying.

The purpose of writing this article is the analysis of the ways of forming professional safety culture in clinical medicine. The methods by which we carried out scientific research are observation, analysis, evaluation, comparison, generalization.

The work examined interpretation of the term "safety culture", types of innovation in which it belongs and the main methods of its creation in the medical field.

Safety culture in the medical field involves the right of all health care workers to use measures to prevent actions that can harm a patient or a colleague. Different approaches were considered in the interpretation of the term "safety culture" and we proposed our  own: safety culture is a system of values, objectives, knowledge and skills, rules and procedures, convictions shared by representatives of a certain medical profession and supported by patients, creating a favourable working climate, atmosphere of trust and becoming an efficient tool for achieving the goals of the organization.

The main components of the safety culture were defined: responsibilities of managers, communication, performance, resources of safety, trust, the degree of job satisfaction, etc. Based on several studies, it was found that no country has a perfect medical system. Every system should be improved.

We proposed measures to fix the situation with the safety culture in health care facilities. The correct management of safety can eliminate or fix many medical errors. That is why the need for a clear program of implementation, execution and control of SC in the medical establishment is necessary.

Scientific novelty of this work lies in the interpretation of the term "safety culture" at medical institutions and in determining major steps towards its creation. Practical value of the work is the opportunity to implement these steps in medical institutions for improvement of the safety culture and, therefore, to reduce the risk of bad accidents during treatment.

Further research can address safety culture management in medical institutions on the examples from the experience of countries with effective systems of health care.


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Author Biographies

D. K. Hromtseva, Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University

Магістр спеціальності «Менеджмент зовнішньоекономічної діяльності»

Oleksandr P. Krupskyi, Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University

канд. психол. наук, доцент, доцент кафедри менеджменту та туристичного бізнесу


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How to Cite
Hromtseva, D. K., & Krupskyi, O. P. (2015). Professional culture and security: an innovative approach to implementing a medical facility. European Journal of Management Issues, 23(5), 15-23.