The missing evidence: a systematic review of patients’ experiences of adverse events in health care

January 27, 2016

Source:  International Journal for Quality in Healthcare 27/6 pp. 423-41

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Date of publication:  December 2015

Publication type:  Systematic review

In a nutshell:  Reviewers from Australia examined patients’ experiences of adverse events. Eight bibliographic databases were searched from January 2000 to February 2015 and 33 studies were included. The most common issues that patients identified with regard to their healthcare were medication errors and issues with communication and coordination of care. Those with higher income levels and education were more likely to report incidents. People said they felt distressed after adverse events and this was exacerbated by not receiving sufficient information about the causes.  The reviewers recommend that information about patients’ experience of adverse events must be routinely captured and utilized to develop effective, patient-centred and system-wide policies to minimise and manage AEs.

Length of publication:  19 pages

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Patient safety and IT trends

November 25, 2015

Source: Nursing Management 46/11 pp. 24-26

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell: Being able to capture and document patient data at the point of care in an electronic format brings with it many benefits. However, there are inherent risks that come with the use of health information technology that may impact on patient safety and data integrity.  This article discusses how to minimise such risks.

Length of Publication:  3 pages

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