2 e-Letters

published between 2008 and 2011

  • Behavioural theory is not new to Patient Safety Practices (PSPs)
    John G Wakefield

    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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  • The Systems Approach, Disasters, Errors and Patient Safety: Some Comments on Travalgia et al., (2010)
    Patrick E. Waterson

    Travaglia et al's recent paper in BMJQS[1] alongside their earlier work[2] provides some valuable insights into research which has been carried out on large-scale disasters and accidents. This type of work has the potential to move patient safety away from a focus on individual error and towards the adoption of a wider and more inclusive perspective on the failure of whole health care systems such as hospital.[3] That sa...

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