Implementing an interprofessional patient safety learning initiative: insights from participants, project leads and steering committee members.

Jeffs, Lianne, Abramovich, Ilona Alex, Hayes, Chris, Smith, Orla, Tregunno, Deborah, Chan, Wai-Hin and Reeves, Scott (2013) Implementing an interprofessional patient safety learning initiative: insights from participants, project leads and steering committee members. BMJ Quality & Safety, 22(11), pp. 923-930. ISSN (print) 2044-5415

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Effective teamwork and interprofessional collaboration are vital for healthcare quality and safety; however, challenges persist in creating interprofessional teamwork and resilient professional teams. A study was undertaken to delineate perceptions of individuals involved with the implementation of an interprofessional patient safety competency-based intervention and intervention participants. METHODS: The study employed a qualitative study design that triangulated data from interviews with six steering committee members and five members of the project team who developed and monitored the intervention and six focus groups with clinical team members who participated in the intervention and implemented local patient safety projects within a large teaching hospital in Canada. RESULTS: Our study findings reveal that healthcare professionals and support staff acquired patient safety competencies in an interprofessional context that can result in improved patient and work flow processes. However, key challenges exist including managing projects amidst competing priorities, lacking physician engagement and sustaining projects. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings point to leaders to provide opportunities for healthcare teams to engage in interprofessional teamwork and patient safety projects to improve quality of patient care. Further research efforts should examine the sustainability of interprofessional safety projects and how leaders can more fully engage the participation of all professions, specifically physicians.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Health services research
Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education
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Depositing User: Susan Miles
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 15:32
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 10:40
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/27448

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