Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

Rev. Bras. Enferm. vol.72  supl.1 Brasília Jan./Feb. 2019



Assessment of safety culture in a public hospital in the Federal District, Brazil

Evaluación de la cultura de seguridad en un hospital público en el Distrito Federal, Brasil

Paloma Aparecida CarvalhoI  
Carla Albina Soares LaundosI  
Juliana Ventura Souza JulianoI  
Luiz Augusto CasulariII  
Leila Bernarda Donato GottemsIII  IV  

 ICentro Universitário do Distrito Federal. Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

 IIUniversidade de Brasília. Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

 IIIUniversidade Católica de Brasília. Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil.

 IVEscola Superior de Ciências da Saúde. Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil




Objective: to assess the perception of health professionals regarding safety culture of a high complexity public hospital of the Federal District, Brazil.

Method: cross-sectional and descriptive study. The Safety Attitudes Questionnaire was used in electronic format. Descriptive and inferential analyses were carried out.


358 professionals participated, with 242 (67.6%) being female. Of these, 224 (62.6%) worked directly or indirectly with patients in assistance activities; 79 (22.1%) in administrative activities; 14 (3.9%) in management; and 41 (11.5%) in others. The total score was 57.1. Job satisfaction factors and stress perception had the most expressive results, 76.2 and 68.8, respectively. The category "working conditions" presented the lowest result, 40.7.


the results are below the score of 75, value recommended as indicative of a positive safety atmosphere. We suggest the implementation of actions for the promotion of safety culture and new studies with representative samples of all segments of workers.

Descriptors: Quality of Health Care; Patient Safety; Organizational Culture; Health Services Assessment; Health Services Research


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