There are differences in perceptions of safety culture between healthcare leaders and staff. Evidence suggests that an organization's actual safety performance is more closely reflected in staff perceptions suggesting that frontline staff may be more aware than the leadership of actual patient safety challenges within their organization. Closing the perception gap between healthcare leaders and staff is critical to aligning the resources and strategies required to create a true culture of safety.
Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia (Dr Vogelsmeier); University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City (Dr Scott-Cawiezell); Missouri Center for Patient Safety, Jefferson City (Ms Miller); and Outcome Engineering LLC, Plano, Texas (Mr Griffith).
Corresponding Author: Amy Vogelsmeier, PhD, RN, BC-GCNS, S314, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211 (email@example.com).
This research was funded by the National Council State Boards of Nursing grant P27001.
Accepted for publication: February 9, 2010