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The role of theory in research to develop and evaluate the implementation of patient safety practices
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    Behavioural theory is not new to Patient Safety Practices (PSPs)
    • John G Wakefield, Executive Director, Centre for Healthcare Improvement, Queensland Health, Australia
    • Other Contributors:
      • Mary-Louise McLaws, Professor of Epidemiology in Healthcare Infection and Infectious Diseases Control, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, The University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052; Michael Whitby Infection Management Services Southern Qu

    Dear Editor,

    We welcome the recent Original Viewpoint paper by Foy et al1, titled The role of theory in research to develop and evaluate the implementation of patient safety practices. We strongly support the recommendations in this paper, and in particular, the application of behavioural change theory in the design, implementation and evaluation of Patient Safety Practices (PSPs).

    However, on rea...

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