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

Johnstone, M and Kanitsaki, O 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.


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Title The moral imperative of designating patient safety and quality care as a national nursing research priority
Author(s) Johnstone, M
Kanitsaki, O
Year 2006
Journal name Collegian
Volume number 13
Issue number 1
Start page 5
End page 9
Total pages 5
Publisher Royal College of Nursing Australia
Abstract 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.
Keyword(s) Nursing research
patient safety
quality care
ethics
national research priorities
DOI - identifier 10.1016/S1322-7696(08)60510-7
ISSN 1322-7696
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