Infection prevention and control: lessons from acute care in England

December 23, 2015

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  November 2015

Publication type:  Report

In a nutshell:  This learning report is based on the findings of a large research study that identified and consolidated published evidence about infection prevention and control initiatives. The researchers synthesised this with findings from qualitative case studies in two large NHS hospitals, including the perspectives of service users. The report considers what has been learned from the infection prevention and control work carried out over the last 15 years in hospitals in England. It looks at the lessons learned and outlines future directions for effective infection prevention and control.

Length of publication:  25 pages


Infections and interaction rituals in the organisation: clinician accounts of speaking up or remaining silent in the face of threats to patient safety

November 25, 2015

Source:  Sociology of Health and Illness [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: November 2015

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Drawing on 103 interviews with clinicians at one hospital in the United States this article examines how clinicians talk about speaking up or not in the face of breaches in infection prevention technique. Accounts are analysed using a microsociological lens as stories of interaction, through which respondents appeal to situational and organisational realities of medical work that serve to justify speaking up or remaining silent. Analysis of these accounts reveals three influences on the decision to speak up, shaped by background conditions in the organisation; mutual focus of attention, interactional path dependence and the presence of an audience.

Length of Publication: Unspecified

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