Patients as teachers: a randomised controlled trial on the use of personal stories of harm to raise awareness of patient safety for doctors in training

October 1, 2014

Source:  BMJ Quality & Safety Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication:  August 2014

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  This study aimed to measure the impact of patient narratives used to train junior doctors in patient safety. A trial was conducted in the North Yorkshire East Coast Foundation School (NYECFS). The intervention consisted of 1-h-long patient narratives followed by discussion. The Attitude to Patient Safety Questionnaire (APSQ) and the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS) were used to measure the impact of the intervention. The authors state that involving patients with experiences of safety incidents in training has an ideological appeal and seems an obvious choice in designing safety interventions, but that they were unable to demonstrate the effectiveness of the intervention in changing general attitudes to safety compared to control.

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Five top tips for using safety culture surveys

August 27, 2014

Source:  The Health Foundation

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Date of publication:  August 2014

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: The importance of safety culture in the NHS is a big issue. The Health Foundation spoke to people using safety culture surveys on the front line to try to understand and improve local safety culture. Their experiences and top tips are highlighted on this web page. It was concluded that safety culture surveys are helpful for understanding how safety is perceived, for measuring the impact of an intervention, or as an intervention in their own right.

Length of Publication:  1 web page