The moral imperative of designating patient safety and quality care as a national nursing research priority

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Kanitsaki, Olga 2006, The moral imperative of designating patient safety and quality care as a national nursing research priority, Collegian, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 5-9, doi: 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60510-7.

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Title The moral imperative of designating patient safety and quality care as a national nursing research priority
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Kanitsaki, Olga
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 9
Publisher Elsevier B.V.
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1322-7696
Keyword(s) nursing research
patient safety
quality care
national research priorities
Summary Since the early 1990s, research studies conducted respectively in the USA, UK and Australia have found that between 4 and 16.6 per cent of patients suffer from some kind of harm (including permanent disability and death) as a result of human errors and adverse events while in hospital. It has been further estimated that approximately 50 per cent of these human errors/adverse events resulting in harm could have been prevented. In response to the significant financial, social, and political implications of these figures, a range of processes have been put in place in an attempt to improve patient safety and quality care in Australia. Nonetheless, it is evident that more can be done to improve the status quo. One process that warrants consideration is that of peak health professional groups and organisations providing active leadership in the promotion of patient safety, such as by making a visible and recognisable commitment to patient safety as a strategic research priority area. In this paper it is contended that, given the moral importance of patient safety and quality care in nursing and related health care domains, the inseparable link between nursing practice and patient safety, and the central role that research has to play in driving safety improvements in these domains, it is morally imperative that the nursing profession gives sustained and focussed public attention to patient safety and quality care as a national research priority.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60510-7
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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