Researching Patient Safety and Quality in Health Care: A Nordic Perspective is an anthology based on contributions from leading researchers on quality and safety in healthcare in the Nordic countries together with four internationally renowned patient safety authors. Research on patient safety and quality has been dominated by countries such as the USA, England, Canada, and Australia. This book addresses the current debates in research on patient safety and quality in healthcare from a Nordic perspective. What are the flavours of Nordic research within these topics? What does it add to the international research literature? This book illustrates the unique nature of researching patient safety and quality with the Nordic perspective as well as showcasing representative work. The book presents an overview of the status and evidence of international and Nordic research on quality and safety in healthcare. Four different perspectives are used to present the trends within the research field: a patient perspective, a methodological perspective, a theoretical perspective, and a clinical perspective. The book then presents the status of Nordic research in the field and displays a set of illustrative work and current research topics within the Nordic context, concluding with a discussion of the characteristic features of Nordic research on patient safety and quality in healthcare. The anthology presents an inter-professional perspective and researchers from disciplines such as medical and nursing sciences, humanities, social sciences and engineering. It is written to contribute to the patient safety cause with translational knowledge that will be useful to researchers, policy makers and healthcare managers within Nordic countries and internationally.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Status of Nordic Research on Patient Safety and Quality of Care. Section I Perspectives on Patient Safety and Quality in Healthcare. Patient-Centred Care in the Nordic Countries. Studying Patient Safety and Quality from Different Methodological Angles and Perspectives. What Is the Role of Theory in Research on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement?: Is There a Nordic Perspective to Theorising? Working in an Institutionally Layered System on Patient Safety and Quality. Section II Contemporary Nordic Research – Macro-Political Issues. Centralisation Efforts to Improve the Quality of Care and Reduce the Costs in Healthcare Systems. National Clinical Registries: Ten Years of Experience with Improving Quality of Care in Denmark. Side Effects of Overdoing It: Lessons from a Comprehensive Hospital Accreditation Programme. Section III Contemporary Nordic Research – Meso-Political Issues. A Multidisciplinary and Multiactor Approach to Falls Prevention: The RFPNetwork. Coordination of Discharge Practices for Elderly Patients in Light of a Norwegian Healthcare Reform. Leading Quality and Patient Safety Improvement in Norwegian Hospitals. Section IV Contemporary Nordic Research – Micro-Level Issues. Telecare in Home Healthcare Services: Implications for Quality and Safety. Coping with Complexity: Sensemaking in Specialised Home Care. Administration of Intravenous Medication: Process Variation across Hospital Wards. Appendix. Index.
Professor Karina Aase, University of Stavanger, is an internationally recognized quality and safety expert with a multi-sector background. She is founder of the Quality and Safety in Healthcare Systems research group at the Department of Health. Under Aase’s leadership this has become Norway’s largest and most influential multidisciplinary research group within the field of healthcare quality and patient safety, boasting more than 20 affiliated researchers, as well as numerous national and international collaborators. Professor Aase has a proven record of gaining and leading large funding grants. Aase has a publication record in merited journals, has edited several books on patient safety and quality in healthcare, and is Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research. She is member of the National Council for the Patient Safety Programme, and has currently been appointed by the King in Council as member of a government committee proposed to suggest a new organization of state ownership of the specialist healthcare services.
Lene Schibevaag has a bachelor in Physiotherapy from the University of Northumbria and has worked for several years as a physiotherapist in both a hospital and a municipality setting in England and Norway. She has a master degree in Societal Safety from the University of Stavanger with a dissertation on transitional care entitled "Multidisciplinary Collaboration: A study of the physiotherapist role in transitional care of the elderly". Schibevaag is currently working as a research coordinator for the "Quality and Safety in Healthcare" research group at the University of Stavanger, Norway.