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16 Oct 2014

Loughborough academic's book aimed at improved patient safety in hospitals

Loughborough University academic Dr Patrick Waterson has produced a book on the culture of patient safety in hospitals which he hopes will become an important resource for patient safety researchers, NHS managers and health care professionals.

Called ‘Patient Safety Culture – Theory, Methods and Application’,* the book contains 18 chapters by 36 of the world’s leading authorities on an issue which has been increasingly in the headlines following the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal and the publication of the Francis Report.

Dr Waterson, Reader in Human Factors and Complex Systems in the Design School, realised in 2012 that there was a gap in the market for the book.

“There were very few resources or collections available covering safety culture as it applies to healthcare,” he said.

Dr Waterson says more and more hospitals and healthcare managers are trying to understand the safety culture in their organisation so they can implement strategies to improve patient safety.

The book, he says, represents one way forward and will hopefully contribute to efforts to drive down the high accident and error rates common in healthcare.

*Patient Safety Culture – Theory, Methods and Application. Edited by Dr Patrick Waterson. Published by Ashgate Publishing Limited, Wey Court East, Union Road, Farnham, Surrey. £67.50 (444 pages).

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