Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 24(4) January 2012 : 65-77.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2012.22735
Nursing Research

Patterns of Patient Safety Culture: A Complexity and Arts-Informed Project of Knowledge Translation

Gail J. Mitchell, Deborah Tregunno, Julia Gray and Liane Ginsburg


The purpose of this paper is to describe patterns of patient safety culture that emerged from an innovative collaboration among health services researchers and fine arts colleagues. The group engaged in an arts-informed knowledge translation project to produce a dramatic expression of patient safety culture research for inclusion in a symposium. Scholars have called for a deeper understanding of the complex interrelationships among structure, process and outcomes relating to patient safety. Four patterns of patient safety culture – blinding familiarity, unyielding determination, illusion of control and dismissive urgency – are described with respect to how they informed creation of an arts-informed project for knowledge translation.



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