Survey of Housestaff Attitudes Toward Patient Care and Safety

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00845052
First received: February 13, 2009
Last updated: March 16, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
  Purpose

Background: The occurrence of medical errors and their deleterious effects on quality of care delivered are widely recognized phenomena in healthcare today. This has spurned an aggressive nationwide campaign to improve the quality of care all hospitals throughout the country. Currently, there are numerous reports of quality improvement initiatives across medical centers in the United States. However, a review of the literature failed to identify any publications regarding targeted resident/housestaff involvement in hospital quality improvement and safety related activities.

Purpose: To investigate and track housestaff attitudes on patient care, patient safety, communication and overall quality within the institution.

Objective: To investigate, analyze and publish the results of this prospective study. The information obtained will help us and others understand whether proactive attempts to change housestaff culture can indeed change attitudes towards the better with regards to patient care and safety. It is assumed that improved attitudes ultimately translates into improved care and safety.

Methods: Each residency coordinator in each clinical department will be asked to distribute a survey, which has already been validated for this type of investigation, to each resident in the respective program (see attachment).

The Vice-President of Medical Affairs will provide a cover letter to help with the process. After a week, a reminder will be distributed by the coordinators to each resident asking them to fill out the survey. The surveys will be filled out anonymously. However, each participant will be asked to note their sex, department and year of postgraduate training. This process will be repeated every eight months until June of 2010. The Housestaff Quality council (HQC) has already distributed and collected this survey. The results of those surveys will be used in a retrospective part of this study. The results of (HQC) survey will be used to establish a baseline of the housestaff attitudes at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell.

Data will be stored on a password protected computer. The Institutional Review Board (IRB), Office of Human Research Protection and Food and Drug Administration and all appropriate federal oversight agencies may have access to those files.


Condition
Safety.
Patient Care

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Changing Housestaff Culture and Tracking Housestaff Attitudes Regarding Patient Care and Safety

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Enrollment: 674
Study Start Date: July 2008
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts
1
First group of residents surveyed
2
Second group of residents surveyed
3
Third group of residents surveyed

Detailed Description:

Each residency coordinator in each clinical department will be asked to distribute a survey, which has already been validated for this type of investigation, to each resident in the respective program

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 50 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Housestaff

Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Members of housestaff working at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00845052

Locations
United States, New York
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Gregory Kerr, MD, MBA Weill Medical College of Cornell University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00845052     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0807009889
Study First Received: February 13, 2009
Last Updated: March 16, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:
Housestaff
Patient Safety
Patient Care
Focus of Study: To assess safety climate amongst housestaff

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 22, 2014