Perceptions of patient safety competency among graduating pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy and medical imaging students: A cross-sectional study in Malaysia

Authors

  • Faizah Safina Bakrin KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6154-6707
  • Bin Haji Omar Azizi KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Norihan Yusuf KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Yasmin Tajuddin KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Jeevasulochana Sinniah KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Shasindrau Balakrishnan KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Vasanthi Arjunan KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Hamidah Hassan Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Annamma Kunjukunju KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
  • Lokman Saim KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.312322

Keywords:

Clinical competence, Graduate, Malaysia, Patient safety, Psychometric

Abstract

Aim: The study aimed to investigate the perceptions of patient safety competency (PSC) among a sample of graduating healthcare professionals in a developing country.    

Methods: A cross-sectional survey on self-reported confidence in PSC was conducted among 469 graduands of pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy and medical imaging at a private healthcare educational institution in Malaysia. Students’ confidence in six core domains of competency in the validated Health Professional Education in Patient Safety Survey (H-PEPSS) questionnaire was evaluated in the classroom and clinical settings.   

Results: Nursing students were the most confident in PSC followed by pharmacy, physiotherapy and medical imaging students (p < 0.05) in both settings. The pharmacists’ scores in both settings were equal in all the domains except for the learning on the ‘Recognise and respond to reduce harm’ domain (p = 0.01).   

Conclusion: Based on H-PEPSS, the pharmacy students attained equal high levels of confidence in patient safety competency from both classroom and clinical settings.

Author Biographies

Faizah Safina Bakrin, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy

Bin Haji Omar Azizi, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Medicine

Norihan Yusuf, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Medicine

Yasmin Tajuddin, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Pharmacy

Jeevasulochana Sinniah, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Nursing

Shasindrau Balakrishnan, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Health Sciences,

Vasanthi Arjunan, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

Centre for Global Professional & Social Development

Hamidah Hassan, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Sabah, Malaysia

Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

Annamma Kunjukunju, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Nursing

Lokman Saim, KPJ Healthcare University College, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

School of Medicine

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2022-05-28

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Bakrin, F. S., Azizi, B. H. O., Yusuf, N., Tajuddin, Y., Sinniah, J., Balakrishnan, S., Arjunan, V., Hassan, H., Kunjukunju, A., & Saim, L. (2022). Perceptions of patient safety competency among graduating pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy and medical imaging students: A cross-sectional study in Malaysia. Pharmacy Education, 22(1), p. 312–322. https://doi.org/10.46542/pe.2022.221.312322

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