In the past, the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has sponsored questions in annual, statewide polls of Pennsylvania consumers; specifically, questions to measure consumers' engagement in patient safety practices (e.g., confirmation of patient identity). In 2013, 604 randomly selected participants were surveyed about their respective engagement in 10 consumer patient safety practices. The Authority first contributed questions about these select practices for the 2006 poll. Authority analysts compared participant responses to the respective polls and observed statistically significant increases in likelihood of engagement in 8 of the 10 practices. Analysts also reviewed consumers' inclinations to engage in these practices. The 2013 participants were most inclined toward asking for an explanation for understanding, questioning unfamiliar drugs or reasons for procedures, and seeking second opinions about healthcare, and participants were least inclined toward asking about handwashing. Overall, results indicate that the patient safety movement in Pennsylvania is raising awareness of patient safety among Pennsylvania healthcare consumers.
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