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Assessment of Nurses' Perceptions of Patient Safety Culture in a Saudi Arabia Hospital

Aboshaiqah, Ahmad E. PhD, RN; Baker, Omar Ghazi PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3182855cde

The purpose of this study was to identify factors that nurses perceive as contributing to the culture of patient safety in a hospital in Saudi Arabia. A total of 498 registered nurses employed in the hospital completed the survey. The majority of nurses perceived a positive patient safety culture. There were significant differences in nurses' perceptions of patient safety culture based on gender, age, years of experience, Arabic versus non-Arabic speaking, and length of shift.

Department of Nursing Administration and Education (Drs Aboshaiqah and Baker), College of Nursing, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Correspondence: Ahmad E. Aboshaiqah, PhD, RN, Academic Affairs, College of Nursing, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, PO Box 642 Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia (

The authors acknowledge the support provided by the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University, through Research Center at College of Nursing.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: January 2, 2013

Published online before print: March 4, 2013

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