Acceptability of health care–related risks: a literature review

March 23, 2016

Source:  Journal of Patient Safety 12/1 pp. 1-10

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Date of publication: March 2016

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In contrast to risk acceptability, the concept of risk perception is of limited interest to risk managers because it does not inform on the behaviours and actions resulting from these perceptions. The aim of this work was to define the concept of social acceptability of risk through an in-depth examination of literature from economic, sociocognitive, psychometric, sociological/anthropological, and interactionist research fields, the study found that when assessing risks, individuals use a variety of psychological and social processes that include their perception not only of a given risk but also of their own personal and social resources. This global perception has a direct impact on the responses and actual behaviour of individuals and groups, enabling them to cope with the risk and/or manage it.

The authors concluded that social acceptability includes perceptions related to risks and the stated intentions of individual behaviour. This concept may therefore be relevant for defining local and national patient safety priorities.

Length of publication:  10 pages

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