Patient Safety Horizon Scanning Volume 4 Issue 2

February 25, 2013

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A systematic review of evidence on the links between patient experience and clinical safety and effectiveness.

February 25, 2013

Source:  BMJ Open 2013;3:e001570

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This article aimed to explore evidence on the links between patient experience and clinical safety and effectiveness outcomes. The study showed consistent positive associations between patient experience, patient safety and clinical effectiveness for a wide range of disease areas, settings, outcome measures and study designs.

Length of Publication:  19 pages


Understanding the attitudes of hospital pharmacists to reporting medication incidents: a qualitative study.

February 25, 2013

Source:  Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy Vol/iss 9/1 pp.80-89

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In England, hospital pharmacists said that medication errors are common and that they are often not reported. Error reporting forms are thought to be cumbersome and time consuming. It could be useful to simplify reporting forms, ensure staff are praised for reporting and make sure that any issues are addressed quickly so that staff feel that reporting is worthwhile.

Length of Publication:  10 pages

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What ‘safety cases’ mean for healthcare.

February 25, 2013

Source: Health Service Journal

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: This article looks at how safety cases, which it says are common in industry, can be applied to healthcare. New research commissioned by the Health Foundation explores the potential benefits of using the safety case approach in healthcare.

Length of publication:  1 web page

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Perception of patient safety differs by clinical area and discipline.

February 25, 2013

Source:  Br J Anaesth Vol/iss 110/1 pp.107-14

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The influence of the operating theatre, intensive care unit, and disciplines on ratings of latent risk factors are explored in this study. An understanding of the contribution made by these factors leads to the identification of significant points from which to promote a safe environment. Strategies for improving patient safety should be tailored specifically for various clinical areas and disciplines.

Length of Publication:  8 pages

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Involving patients in improving safety.

February 25, 2013

Source: The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: An evidence scan from the Health Foundation which describes ways that patients have been involved in improving safety. It argues that patients can help to safeguard their own wellbeing and promote change.

Length of publication: 26 pages


Errors as allies: error management training in health professions education.

February 25, 2013

Source:  BMJ Qual Saf doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2012-000945

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Date of publication:  January 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  The authors look at approaches from organisational team training literature to outline how patient safety can be improved by health professions education. They state that health educators can improve training quality by intentionally encouraging errors during simulation-based team training. An innovative approach for delivering team training is defined.

Length of Publication:  5 pages

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