Cutting medical training by years could harm patient safety, doctors warn

February 20, 2015

Source:  The Telegraph 30 January 2015

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Date of publication:  January 2015

Publication type:  News item

In a nutshell: According to leading doctors’ groups, proposals to shorten medical training could seriously compromise patients’ safety. Plans outlined in an independent review included shortening consultant training from between eight to 10 years to between six to eight years. Junior doctors would become fully registered immediately after completing medical school, but would then spend four to six years in broad-based speciality training. The BMA has called on the government to “pause” such policy development whilst safety concerns are addressed and the changes are piloted in small studies.

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Seeing it from Both Sides: Do Approaches to Involving Patients in Improving Their Safety Risk Damaging the Trust between Patients and Healthcare Professionals? An Interview Study

December 18, 2013

Source:  PLoS One vol/iss 8/11 pp.e80759

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Date of publication:  November 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  In this study, researchers from England examined the views of patients, families and professionals about patients being more involved in safety improvement. Patients, families and professionals were generally positive about the potential for patients to identify safety issues. There were some concerns about suspicion and mistrust. Patients were concerned about negative staff attitudes and unreceptiveness and professionals were worried about patients’ motives for questioning. A collaborative, mutually acceptable, approach to patient involvement in the promotion of safety improvement is required.

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Safety skills training for surgeons: A half-day intervention improves knowledge, attitudes and awareness of patient safety

May 28, 2012

Source:  Surgery. 2012 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: April 2012

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  Researchers explored the effects of a half day training programme on surgical residents’ knowledge, attitudes and awareness of patient safety. Six months later, participants identified and reported on observed safety events in their own workplace using an observational form for data collection. The course was associated with a significant improvement in knowledge about safety issues.

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