Using research to make health care safer

Christine M. Jorm*, Sarah J. White

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

There is a fine balance that needs to be maintained between research and improvement in safety and quality in health care - when do we need more research and when can we just get on with it? The moral imperative to improve care may have been a distractor, preventing adequate attention to research. Three research areas are proposed as current priorities for patient safety: getting evidence into practice, measurement of safety, and the evaluation of complex interventions. A focus on these areas should ensure that research becomes more central to the process of making health care safer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-407
Number of pages8
JournalAustralian Health Review
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes

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