Nurses' adherence to patient safety principles: A systematic review

Mojtaba Vaismoradi, Susanna Tella, Patricia Logan, Jayden Khakurel, Flores Vizcaya-Moreno

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Quality of care improvement and prevention of practice errors is dependent on nurses’ adherence to the principles of patient safety. Aims: Systematic review of the international literature to synthesise knowledge and explore factors that influence nurses’ adherence to patient safety principles. Methods: Electronic databases in English, Norwegian and Finnish languages were searched using appropriate keywords to retrieve empirical articles published from 2010-2019. Using the theoretical domains of the Vincent’s framework for analysing risk and safety in clinical practice findings were synthesized according to ‘patient’, ‘healthcare provider’, ‘task’, ‘work environment’, and ‘organisation & management’.Findings: Six articles were found that focused on adherence to patient safety principles during clinical nursing interventions. They focused on the management of peripheral venous catheters, surgical hand rubbing instructions, double-checking policies of medicines management, nursing handover between wards, cardiac monitoring and surveillance, and care-associated infection precautions. Patients’ participation, healthcare providers’ knowledge and attitudes, collaboration by nurses, appropriate equipment and electronic systems, education and regular feedback, and standardization of the care process influenced nurses’ adherence to patient safety principles.Conclusions: The revelation of individual and systemic factors has implications for nursing care practice as both influence adherence to patient safety principles. More studies using qualitative and quantitative methods are required to enhance our knowledge of measures needed to improve nurse’ adherence to patient safety principles and their effects on patient safety outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2028
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2020


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