Patient Safety: Research into Practice

Patient Safety: Research into Practice

Patient Safety: Research into Practice

Patient Safety: Research into Practice

Synopsis

Winner of the Basis of Medicine Award in the BMA Book Medical Book Competition 2006!

In many countries, during the last decade there has been a growing public realization that healthcare organisations are often dangerous places to be. Reports published in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the USA have served to focus public and policy attention on the safety of patients and to highlight the alarmingly high incidence of errors and adverse events that lead to some kind of harm or injury.

This book presents a research-based perspective on patient safety, drawing together the most recent ideas and thinking from researchers on how to research and understand patient safety issues, and how research findings are used to shape policy and practice. The book examines key issues, including:

  • Analysis and measurement of patient safety
  • Approaches to improving patient safety
  • Future policy and practice regarding patient safety
  • The legal dimensions of patient safety
Patient Safety is essential reading for researchers, policy makers and practitioners involved in, or interested in, patient safety. The book is also of interest to the growing number of postgraduate students on health policy and health management programmes that focus upon healthcare quality, risk management and patient safety.

Contributors: Sally Adams, Tony Avery, Maureen Baker, Paul Beatty, Ruth Boaden, Tanya Claridge, Gary Cook, Caroline Davy, Susan Dovey, Aneez Esmail, Rachel Finn, Martin Fletcher, Sally Giles, John Hickner, Rachel Howard, Amanda Howe, Michael A. Jones, Sue Kirk, Rebecca Lawton, Martin Marshall, Caroline Morris, Dianne Parker, Shirley Pearce, Bob Phillips, Steve Rogers, Richard Thomson, Charles Vincent, Kieran Walshe, Justin Waring, Alison Watkin, Fiona Watts, Liz West, Maria Woloshynowych.

Excerpt

Patient safety has moved from being a small and insignificant issue, of interest only to a few self-selected enthusiasts, to a position high on the agenda for managers, policymakers and the public, in less than a decade. With prominent newspaper headlines about killer bugs, dangerous doctors and damaging drugs, the public and politicians are more aware than ever that healthcare organizations are not safe places to be. the pressure to do something to make healthcare safer, perhaps even as safe as other industries, is considerable. the challenge for all concerned is – what to do? How do you make hospitals, clinics and healthcare provision safe for patients? What needs to change to make care processes less error-prone, more consistent, less risky, and more safe? This book, on patient safety research and its impact on practice, hopes to provide at least some of the answers.

The idea for this book on patient safety research and practice came directly from the first meeting of the Manchester-based patient safety research network, one of several such networks which were set up in 2003 and funded jointly by the Medical Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. the Manchester network is focused on patient safety in primary care, and has over 100 members from academic, policy and healthcare provider backgrounds across the uk and internationally. It is a very eclectic and multidisciplinary group, and is hosted by Manchester's Institute of Health Sciences. When we held our first meeting in 2004, we quickly realized that having brought together some of the leading researchers and commentators on patient safety, we had a great opportunity to capture and spread some of their thinking and discussion, through an edited book. It quickly became apparent that while there were some books on risk management or patient safety, none seemed to do the two things we thought were most important: (1) to focus on researching patient safety issues and providing a rigorous empirical foundation for policy and practice; and (2) to bring together researchers and practitioners to share and debate research findings.

Producing an edited book like this is not always an unalloyed pleasure for the editors – when contributors don't write what you asked them to, or what they said they would, or don't deliver on time, or write far longer or shorter than you expected.

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