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Dr Jowsey worries that the use of the term ‘ethnographic’ in the title of a recent short report by Lamba et al1 of a study of patient safety in team rounds risks watering down the meaning of ethnography as a research methodology. The data for the study were collected by one observer, who used a structured data collection form to record patient safety issues that were brought up or occurred during team rounds, as well as identifying any consequences and whether the issue was actionable. The observational data regarding issues were categorised using a set of thematic categories derived from the London Protocol, and were summarised using descriptive statistics.
Jowsey notes that the Lamba et al1 article identifies in its title and methods …
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