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Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators

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ISBN13: 9780754676447
Published: March 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £115.00

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Responding to the public concern caused by recent hospital scandals and accounts of unintended harm to patients, this author draws on her experience of analysing the health care systems of over a dozen countries and examines whether greater regulation has increased patient safety and health care quality. The book adopts a new approach to mapping developments in health care systems in Europe, North America and Australia and pieces together evidence of which regulatory strategies and mechanisms work well to ensure safer patient care. It identifies the regulatory bodies, the regulatory principles and the implementation strategies adopted to improve governance in health care systems and suggests a conceptual framework for responsive regulation.

The book will be of interest to government actors, health care professionals and medico-legal scholars.

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Preface: why this book?
Introduction: why regulate?
How safe is health care?
Regulatory actors: who governs health care?
Regulating the health professions
Safety cultures and safety systems
Regulating staff: internal management
Regulating organizations: external reviews
Regulation by enforcement: laws, money and monitoring
Regulation by patients
Responsive regulation: trust and transparency