Patient safety is an issue which in recent years has grown to prominence in a number of countries’ political and health service agendas. 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. At any given time 1.4 million people worldwide are suffering from an infection acquired in a health facility.
Patient Safety, Law Policy and Practice explores the impact of legal systems on patient safety initiatives. 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 utilized. 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.
Introduction: The Development of a Patient Safety Policy Agenda, John Tingle 1. Managing Safety, Quality and Risk , Ash Samanta and Jo Samanta 2. Pre-Trial Clinical Negligence Issues, Charles Foster 3. The Tort of Negligence and Patient Safety, Jose Miola 4. Medical Ethics and Patient Safety, Nils Hoppe 5. Psychological Aspects of Patient Safety, Pippa Bark 6. Blame Free Reporting: International Developments, Johan Legemaate 7. Economic Aspects of Hospital Patient Safety, Stephen Heasell 8. Patient Safety in Secondary Care, Ash Samanta and Jo Samanta 9. Patient Safety in Mental Health Care , Eva Sundin, James Houston and Jamie Murphy 10. Regulating Patient Safety in the European Union: Realistic Aspiration or Unattainable Goal?, Jean V. McHale 11. Patient Safety and Clinical Risk Management in Germany, Marc Stauch 12. Patient Safety and Clinical Risk in Canada, Joan M Gilmour 13. Patient Safety and Clinical Risk in the USA, Ronni P. Solomon 14. Patient Safety in American Health Care: Regulatory Models, Barry R. Furrow 15. Responding to Patient Harm: Patient Safety Initiatives in Australia, Merrilyn Walton