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Finding the patient in patient safety


Iedema, R and Hor, S and Godbold, N and Collier, A, Finding the patient in patient safety, Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for The Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 17, (6) pp. 567-583. ISSN 1363-4593 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1363459312472082


In the last decade, the field of patient safety has grappled with the complexity of health-care systems by attending to the activity of frontline clinicians. This article extends the field by highlighting the activity of patients and their carers in determining the safety of these systems. We draw on data from three studies exploring patients' accounts of their health-care experiences in Australia and internationally, to show how patients and carers are currently contributing to the safety of their own care. Furthermore, we emphasise the importance of patient-clinician collaboration in ensuring the success of these activities. We argue that it is no longer sufficient to discuss if patients should be involved with ensuring their own safety. Given that patients are already involved, we propose a new conceptualisation of safety and systems that acknowledges their involvement and supports patient-provider collaboration to achieve safer care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:clinician-patient communication; patient involvement; patient participation; patient safety
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Social structure and health
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:94168
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-09-02
Last Modified:2014-12-03

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