A discussion of approaches to transforming care: contemporary strategies to improve patient safety

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Title A discussion of approaches to transforming care: contemporary strategies to improve patient safety
Author Burston, Sarah; Chaboyer, Wendy; Wallis, Marianne; Stanfield, Jane
Journal Name Journal of Advanced Nursing
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract Aim: This article presents a discussion of three contemporary approaches to transforming care: Transforming Care at the Bedside, Releasing Time to Care: the Productive Ward and the work of the Studer Group. Background: International studies of adverse events in hospitals have highlighted the need to focus on patient safety. The case for transformational change was identified and recently several approaches have been developed to effect this change. Despite limited evaluation, these approaches have spread and have been adopted outside their country of origin and contextual settings. Data sources: Medline and CINAHL databases were searched for the years 1999– 2009. Search terms included derivatives of ‘transformation’ combined with ‘care’, ‘nursing’, ‘patient safety’, ‘Transforming Care at the Bedside’, ‘the Productive Ward’ and ‘Studer Group’. Discussion: A comparison of the three approaches revealed similarities including: the foci of the approaches; interventions employed; and the outcomes measured. Key differences identified are the implementation models used, spread strategies and sustainability of the approaches. The approaches appear to be complementary and a hybrid of the approaches such as a blend of a top-down and bottom-up leadership strategy may offer more sustainable behavioural change. Implications for nursing: These approaches transform the way nurses do their work, how they work with others and how they view the care they provide to promote patient safety. Conclusion. All the approaches involve the implementation of multiple interventions occurring simultaneously to affect improvements in patient safety. The approaches are complementary and a hybrid approach may offer more sustainable outcomes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05706.x
Volume 67
Issue Number 11
Page from 2488
Page to 2495
ISSN 0309-2402
Date Accessioned 2012-02-17; 2012-05-09T22:16:27Z
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44967
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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