Safety and complexity: the inter-departmental threats to patient safety in the operating department
Waring, Justin and McDonald, Ruth and Harrison, Stephen (2006) Safety and complexity: the inter-departmental threats to patient safety in the operating department. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 20 (3). pp. 227-242. ISSN 1477-7266
Purpose: Current thinking about ‘patient safety’ emphasises the causal relationship between the work environment and the delivery of clinical care. This research draws on the theory of Normal Accidents to extend this analysis and better understand the ‘organisational factors’ that threaten safety.
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