Attitudes about patient safety: A survey of physicians-in-training

Rachel Sorokin, Jeff M. Riggio, Constance Hwang

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Little is known about the attitudes of physicians-in-training on patient safety, although success in error reduction strategies requires their support. We surveyed house staff and fourth-year medical students from 1 academic institution about their perceptions of adverse patient events. Three hundred twenty-one trainees (41%) completed the survey. Most believe adverse events are preventable (61%) and think improved teamwork (88%), better procedural training (74%), and unproved sign-out (70%) would reduce medical mishaps. Forty-seven percent of trainees agree computerized order entry and restricted work hours would prevent adverse events. Although 60% feel malpractice fears inhibit discussion, 80% of trainees agreed physicians must disclose adverse events to patients and grow more comfortable with disclosure as training progresses (P for trend <.01). In conclusion, trainees believe adverse events are preventable and are poised to respond to many components of the patient safety movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-77
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Adverse events
  • Attitudes of medical personnel
  • Medical education
  • Medical errors
  • Patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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