An Analysis of Compromised Psychological Safety in Health Profession Training and Practice: Implications on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Model
Problem statement: The need to safeguard psychological safety in health profession training for quality healthcare has well been informed by research. Yet concerns regarding compromised professionalism in healthcare practice are reportedly an emergent issue. During a pandemic like COVID-19, such risk behavior is purportedly high, especially in a diverse environment. The rationale for such behavior could be linked to a lack of effective formative assessment feedback between the educators and their trainees during healthcare training. Resultantly, this can impede the trainee’s esteem needs and his or her potential in academic or professional development and effective patient care. Behavioral theorists such as Abraham Maslow acknowledge human Safety Needs as prerequisites for Self-esteem and Self-actualization needs. Within this context, providing quality feedback on skills and training has been identified as an essential determinant of effective learning and achievement.
Method: A conceptual analysis of relevant literature and other published works will be used to examine the potential correlation between psychological safety risk behavior in health profession training and healthcare outcomes.
Results:The study will be guided by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Model to appraise the topic in discourse and to arrive at conclusions.
Conclusion: Conclusions will be drawn from the research results linked to the theoretical framework and to arrive and suitable recommendations.
Keywords - Esteem-needs; Formative assessment feedback; Learning and achievement; Quality healthcare