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Improving Health Care Safety and Quality

Reluctant Regulators, 1st Edition

By Judith Healy


350 pages

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Responding to the public concern caused by recent hospital scandals and accounts of unintended harm to patients, this author draws on her experience of analysing the health care systems of over a dozen countries and examines whether greater regulation has increased patient safety and health care quality. The book adopts a new approach to mapping developments in health care systems in Europe, North America and Australia and pieces together evidence of which regulatory strategies and mechanisms work well to ensure safer patient care. It identifies the regulatory bodies, the regulatory principles and the implementation strategies adopted to improve governance in health care systems and suggests a conceptual framework for responsive regulation. The book will be of interest to government actors, health care professionals and medico-legal scholars.


'Judith Healy draws on a wealth of international experience in her quest for safe and effective health systems. Her insightful and detailed analysis provides a solid basis for her advocacy of responsive regulation�, a model that recognises that most health professionals do things right but sometimes need a little help.' Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK & European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies 'This book is a most valuable addition to the Australian safety and quality in health care literature. Starting with a punchy, balanced yet somewhat unsettling preface, Judith Healy explores her thesis that "improving health care involves multiple regulators and multiple strategies, in other words networked governance" through the ten chapters of this substantial book.' Chris Baggoley, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care ’… a useful read and resource for healthcare managers and professionals and government actors.’ International Journal of Health Planning and Management

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface: why this book?; Introduction: why regulate?; How safe is health care?; Regulatory actors: who governs health care?; Regulating the health professions; Safety cultures and safety systems; Regulating staff: internal management; Regulating organizations: external reviews; Regulation by enforcement: laws, money and monitoring; Regulation by patients; Responsive regulation: trust and transparency; Index.

About the Author

Judith Healy is at the RegNet, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University, Australia.

About the Series

Law, Ethics and Governance

Law, Ethics and Governance
Recent history has emphasised the potentially devastating effects of governance failures in governments, government agencies, corporations and the institutions of civil society. 'Good governance' is seen as necessary, if not crucial, for economic success and human development. Although the disciplines of law, ethics, politics, economics and management theory can provide insights into the governance of organisations, governance issues can only be dealt with by interdisciplinary studies, combining several (and sometimes all) of those disciplines. This series aims to provide such interdisciplinary studies for students, researchers and relevant practitioners.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
MEDICAL / Health Policy