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Influence of the work environment on patient safety and stress among healthcare professionals

Grant number: 23/13124-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2023
Effective date (End): November 30, 2024
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nursing
Principal Investigator:Renata Cristina Gasparino
Grantee:Laura Lopes Correia
Host Institution: Faculdade de Enfermagem. Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil


Introduction: Health professionals are in direct contact with the patient, a situation that can trigger or worsen psychological and/or physical suffering. Therefore, institutions must be aware of the working conditions in which these professionals are inserted to offer a safe, empowering and satisfactory place, for professionals and patients. The American Association of Critical Nurses (AACN) has stipulated that a safe work environment needs to follow six standards: communication skills, true collaboration, effective decision-making, appropriate staffing, meaningful recognition, and authentic leadership. Objective: To evaluate whether healthy work environments provide a greater climate of patient safety and a lower level of professional stress. Method: This is a quantitative, cross-sectional and correlational study to be carried out in a tertiary hospital, with 100 health professionals. For data collection, a form will be used to characterize the sample, the Healthy Work Environment Assessment Tool and the safety climate and stress perception domains of the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire - Short Form 2006. The data will be tabulated in Microsoft Excel for Windows ® and analyzed by a statistical professional and will only be collected after approval by the institution and the university's research ethics committee. Expected results: It is expected, by carrying out this study, to detect characteristics of the environment that need improvement, to help managers implement strategies that contribute to improving the environment and, consequently, results related to patients (safety climate) and professionals (stress), if the relationship is proven.

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