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Creating safety by strengthening clinicians' capacity for reflexivity


Iedema, R, Creating safety by strengthening clinicians' capacity for reflexivity, BMJ (Clinical Research Edition), 20, (Suppl 1) pp. i83-i86. ISSN 0959-8138 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/bmjqs.2010.046714


This commentary explores the nature of creating safety in the here-and-now. Creating safety encompasses two dimensions: revisiting specific behaviours by focusing on substandard performance (reflection), and a more broad-ranging attention to everyday behaviours that are taken as given (reflexivity). The piece pays particular attention to this second dimension of creating safety. Two techniques that promote reflexivity are discussed: video-filming real-time, everyday clinical practice and inviting clinicians' feedback about their own footage, and reflecting on the knowledge and questions that patients and families have about their care, and about unexpected outcomes and clinical incidents. The piece concludes that feedback about everyday practice using these methods is critical to enhancing the safety of everyday activity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Clinical sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:94164
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:55
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-09-02
Last Modified:2014-12-04

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