Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals

Academic journal article Australian Health Review

Enhancing Patient Care: A Practical Guide to Improving Quality and Safety in Hospitals

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Enhancing patient care: a practical guide to improving quality and safety in hospitals Wolff A, Taylor S MJA Books, Sydney, 2009. http://shop.mja.com.au/ ISBN 978 0 9775786 5; iv + 242 pp; RRP $49.95

WHAT AN INTERESTING, topical and refreshing text on patient safety and quality! As the name of the book implies, this is a practical text that takes the reader systematically through the concepts, practices and pitfalls of implementing a hospitalbased patient safety and quality program.

The pleasing aspect of this book is that is written from the perspective of implementing a safety and quality program in an Australian health service. The authors are hands-on clinicians who have written this book like a personal quality journey. This approach has been very effective in presenting the reader with practical applications, approaches and challenges in developing programs that enhance patient care.

This offering fills an important gap in the market. There are many texts that approach quality, safety and risk management from a theoretical or quantitative perspective. This book takes the available research and theory and illustrates how a health service can harness the available literature to develop a working guide to improving patient services. …

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