Published: 24 July 2013

Patients as active partners in safety

Recent policy recommendations suggest that patients should be active partners with clinicians in managing the safety of their care. Thanks to a funding award of £132,000 from the Health Foundation, researchers at Surrey – in conjunction with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust – are exploring the validity of this approach.

The research will explore patients’ and their carers’ understandings of safety and harm. It will also examine how those understandings are similar or different to clinicians’ perceptions and the consequent implications for defining, measuring and improving patient safety. 

Involving academics from the Department of Health Care Management and Policy, the School of Law and Surrey Business School, the project aims to deepen knowledge and inform thinking about the clinical and legal implications of the policy recommendations.

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