The next frontier for patient safety? Bringing work back in

The study of patient safety has come a long way in the past twenty years,1 and yet commentators argue that it still has a long way to go.2,3 The prevailing model assumes that patient safety is a linear process, promoting concepts from manufacturing industries that identify errors after they have occurred and proposing solutions in […]

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Informed consent for Orthopaedic surgeons in the time of COVID-19: Addressing ‘the elephant in the room’

In common with other countries, elective procedures have been largely suspended in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the area of orthopaedics, nationally prioritised urgent and emergency surgical procedures have continued,1 but reduced theatre capacity, staff re-allocation and, most importantly, the increased risk […]

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Electronic transmission of outpatient prescriptions still requires significant pharmacist oversight

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to increasing numbers of patients moving to the use of electronic prescriptions and internet pharmacies in many healthcare systems. For example, there has been a dramatic increase in use of the English electronic prescription service since March 2020, with internet pharmacies in the UK also experiencing large increases in the […]

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Top 10 articles of 2019, Part 2

Here, we’re featuring the second installment of summaries and comments on the BMJQS Editorial Board’s choice of the top 10 articles from 2019 using data such as citation rates and social media engagement in addition to their own judgement. For the full list of our 20 finalists, click here. Part 1, highighting articles #6-#10 for […]

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Top 10 articles of 2019, Part 1

In this post, we’re offering summaries and comments on some articles from the BMJQS’s Top 10 of 2019. To check out a full list of our 20 finalists, click here. The editors and the Editorial Board used data such as citation rates and social media engagement in addition to their own judgement to create these […]

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Introducing the Top Articles of 2019

2019 saw an exceptional volume of submissions to BMJ Quality and Safety. The editors and editorial board of the journal had some difficult choices to make about the top articles of the year, taking into account downloads, citations, Altmetrics scores, and other information as well as expert judgement. We thank all authors for their contributions […]

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Updates in Quality & Safety in the literature

In the latest review of high impact quality and safety articles, authors from the Ann Arbor VA and University of Michigan (including @JMeddings1 and @ashwin_b_gupta) reviewed three recent trials for BMJ Quality & Safety. These trials included: (i) the iCOMPARE trial1 of patient safety outcomes by maximum duration of intern duty hour period in the […]

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Top 2018 articles on patient safety

2018 saw solid contributions to the literature on patient safety, with three papers demonstrating the importance of reflection and of sound evidence on which to base the design of interventions for improvement.   Transforming concepts in patient safety: a progress report – in print, December 2018 issue. https://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/27/12/1019 In this paper, members of the Lucian […]

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