2011 Volume 48 Issue 4 Pages 243-252
Since August 2005, a full-time medical doctor acting as a professional medical safety manager has been designated in our hospital. This arrangement has drastically changed the medical safety training style of the whole medical staff organization. Accordingly, the rate of attendance to this intensive training was improved. In this study, we verified the effectiveness of the change in the training style on the medical safety awareness and medical safety culture of the staff by statistically analyzing the data collected via a customized tool for assessing the medical safety culture in a hospital. From the results of the Steel-Dwass method for the nonparametric multiple comparison of the changes in medical safety awareness by and among occupations, we found that the total score calculated from the factors of organizational environment, risk management, communication and self-awareness was improved in the three years from the start of the intensive training on medical safety awareness. This suggests that educational intervention via the intensive training improved the medical safety awareness and medical safety culture of the whole medical staff organization. In addition, we found statistically significant differences in the four individual factors which measures medical safety awareness by occupations. This implies that in some cases, educational intervention via intensive training may result in various changes in medical safety awareness of the medical staff.