Perceptions of managerial staff on the patient safety culture at a tertiary hospital in South Africa

Veena Abraham*, Johanna C. Meyer, Brian Godman, Elvera Helberg

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Background: Hospital managers are best suited and located to enhance patient safety culture within their institutions. Aim: This study sought to provide insight on the perceptions of 10 managerial staff regarding the patient safety culture at a tertiary academic hospital in South Africa. Method: In-depth interviews were conducted with strategic and operational managers within high-risk units in order to determine their perceptions regarding patient safety culture. Findings: Participants described diverse aspects of the hospital’s patient safety culture including an overview of patient safety, implementation of patient safety initiatives, challenges to patient safety, current management of patient safety issues, as well as ways to improve the patient safety culture of the hospital. Conclusion: The findings highlighted a number of areas to improve on to advance patient safety within the South African context. These include improving basic services, strengthening the infrastructure, improving staff attitudes and implementation of patient safety initiatives. Further research and development of quality improvement plans are essential to enhance patient safety.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2066252
JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Patient safety culture
  • South Africa
  • healthcare professionals
  • hospitals
  • managers
  • quality


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