- January Intake Approved for Graduate Programme in Health & Medical Sciences (HMS)
- BMJ Editorial: Caldicott 2 and Patient Data
- "Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice" Published in Paperback
- UCL Joins the European Connected Health Alliance
- UCL CHIME is Early Contributor to New Health Informatics Online Resource
- Professor Dipak Kalra takes up Presidency of the EuroRec Institute
- 2012 European Summit on Trustworthy Reuse of Health Data – plenary sessions now available on YouTube
- "Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice"
- Ethnicity and academic performance in medicine
- Uptake of flu vaccine among healthcare workers
- Open Source, Open Standards, and Health Care Information Systems
- howRU, a new short generic measure of health status
- Dr Don E. Detmer honoured by American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
- Public 'reassured' by swine flu media coverage
- Key NHS IT Programmes – UCL report
- UKHIT online - Computers and the Internet
- Group membership and staff turnover affect outcomes in group CBT for persistent pain
- Electronic patient records are not a panacea
- Using computerised CBT to prevent mental health problems: a systematic review and a case study of Xanthis
- New Students Begin UCL Postgraduate Programme in Health Informatics
- CHIME researcher contributes to new book
"Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice"
25 May 2011
Patient safety is an issue which in recent years has
grown to prominence in a number of countries’ political and health service
agendas and the World Health Organisation has launched the World Alliance for
Patient Safety. Millions of patients, according to the Alliance, endure
prolonged ill-health, disability and death caused by unreliable practices,
services, and poor health care environments. There is no doubt therefore that
this is an essential area, and the book is the extent to which policy is making
things better. It asks whether legal systems are being used in appropriate ways
to support state and local managerial systems in developing patient safety
procedures, and what alternative approaches can and should be utilised.
The chapters in this collection explore the patient safety managerial structures that exist in countries where there is a developed patient safety infrastructure and culture. The legal structures of these countries are explored and related to major in-country patient safety issues such as consent to treatment protocols and guidelines, complaint handling, adverse incident reporting systems, and civil litigation systems, in order to draw comparisons and conclusions on patient safety. One of Pippa’s areas of interest is the psychological impact errors have on staff and patients, and she has focused on the impact policy has had in addressing the human suffering that can result in her own chapter (Link: Psychological aspects of patient safety).
Whilst it is early days in book sales, the publishers have expressed interest in a follow up book and John and Pippa are working on a parallel book on patient safety in the developing countries.