Patient safety education at Japanese nursing schools: Results of a nationwide survey

Shoichi Maeda, Etsuko Kamishiraki, Jay Starkey, Kazumasa Ehara

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Background: Patient safety education is becoming of worldwide interest and concern in the field of healthcare, particularly in the field of nursing. However, as elsewhere, little is known about the extent to which nursing schools have adopted patient safety education into their curricula. We conducted a nationwide survey to characterize patient safety education at nursing schools in Japan. Results: Response rate was 43% overall. Ninety percent of nursing schools have integrated the topic of patient safety education into their curricula. However, 30% reported devoting less than five hours to the topic. All schools use lecture based teaching methods while few used others, such as role playing. Topics related to medical error theory are widely taught, e.g. human factors and theories & models (Swiss Cheese Model, Heinrich's Law) while relatively few schools cover practical topics related to error analysis such as root cause analysis. Conclusions: Most nursing schools in Japan cover the topic of patient safety, but the number of hours devoted is modest and teaching methods are suboptimal. Even so, national inclusion of patient safety education is a worthy, achievable goal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number416
JournalBMC Research Notes
Publication statusPublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology


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