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Article Examines Politics and Safety

July 31, 2013

The International Journal of Reliable and Quality E-Healthcare recently published an article titled “Addressing the Barriers and Political Pressure to Safety,” written by internationally renowned patient safety expert Dr. Paul Barach. A guest professor at the University of Stavanger in Norway and at the time, a visiting senior research fellow at the Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands, Dr. Barach discusses political influences that stymie efforts to improve safety in the health care sphere. The paper seeks to understand the nature of these political pressures to more effectively construct solutions that positively impact care. Dr. Paul Barach drew on the findings of other major patient harm inquiries that directly bear on politics and safety.

Several key themes emerged from Dr Barach’s studies, among them the need for information transparency when attempting to safeguard patients and improve care. In addition to transparency, health stakeholders feel safe to air their concerns and provide input on improvement strategies without fear of reprimand. To facilitate such a culture, the article suggests that stakeholders and government create pathways to protect whistle-blowers and support a culture of quality and not blame.

From → Patient Safety

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