Psychology: a new scale developed to measure patient safety

A team from the University of Strathclyde in the UK led by Lisa Morton has developed a new scale to measure patients’ psychological well-being. The 29-point scale assesses how confident a person feels and is divided into three subscales of social commitment, compassion, and feeling for one’s own body.

July 21

The paradigm appeared in Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Score was determined based on responses provided to a questionnaire in which participants were asked how strongly they agreed with 107 statements such as “I feel understood”, “I feel empathy for others”. Using a statistical method, the team identified the statements most associated with feeling confident. Hence, the definition of a 29-point scale.

The scale, called the Neurocognitive Psychological Safety Scale (NPSS), is the first of its kind to combine psychological, physiological and social components and has the potential to be used in a wide range of contexts, such as tracking progress in psychotherapy or assessing whether a sense of psychological safety improves health outcomes. .

Source: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy 2022

21 July 2022
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