Medical Students’ Attitude in Patient Safety: A Survey From a Tertiary Hospital in Thailand

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Watanyu Parapiboon
Piyaporn Sittitaworn
Sorarat Lermanuworat


Background: Understand patient safety attitude in medical students is important and useful to improve teaching on patient safety at undergraduate level.

Objective: To assess the attitude on patient safety in clinical year medical students.

Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted in 4th to 6th year medical students in Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital from August to September 2018. The 26-item Attitudes toward Patient Safety Questionnaire (APSQ) was sent via Google Forms to medical students for voluntary, anonymous answer. The 9 topics of patient safety culture were collected and analyzed.

Results: There were 106 of 128 medical students responded to the questionnaire. In 9 topics of safety culture, the highest positive attitude in medical students was working hours as an error cause (76.1%). Meanwhile, the lowest positive attitude was professional incompetence as an error cause (26.9%). Neither academic year nor grade point average (GPA) of medical students was associated with positive attitude score. Half of medical students reported a positive attitude of the importance of patient safety in the curriculum.

Conclusions: Medical students had positive attitude of patient safety. Perspective in systems thinking of patient safety should be emphasized in patient safety education of medical students.


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Parapiboon, W., Sittitaworn, P., & Lermanuworat, S. (2019). Medical Students’ Attitude in Patient Safety: A Survey From a Tertiary Hospital in Thailand. Ramathibodi Medical Journal, 42(4), 22 - 33.
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