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Regulating Patient Safety
The End of Professional Dominance?

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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108464888

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  • Systematically improving patient safety is of the utmost importance, but it is also an extremely complex and challenging task. This illuminating study evaluates the role of professionalism, regulation and law in seeking to improve safety, arguing that the 'medical dominance' model is ill-suited to this aim, which instead requires a patient-centred vision of professionalism. It brings together literatures on professions, regulation and trust, while examining the different legal mechanisms for responding to patient safety events. Oliver Quick includes an examination in areas of law which have received little attention in this context, such as health and safety law, and coronial law, and contends in particular that the active involvement of patients in their own treatment is fundamental to ensuring their safety.

    • Brings together key literatures on professions, regulation, trust, medical law and health services research, which will have a wide appeal to scholars from these disciplines, and will also introduce them to material from other disciplines which they may not be familiar with
    • Evaluates both formal and informal mechanisms of regulating patient safety, bringing both together in one text and benefitting the reader by providing a fuller account
    • Argues that patient centredness rather than professional dominance is better suited to improving patient safety, providing some history of the evolution of the modern medical profession and the discussing need for a new vision of professionalism
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    'In advancing a formulation of patient safety that protects both patients and professionals and, at the same time, stresses the importance of the role of professional and legal regulation, Quick espouses a pragmatic solution that can be welcomed by all those involved in healthcare. His arguments are evidence-led and persuasive, while acknowledging the practical difficulties of implementing the change he advocates.' Catherine Bowden, Medical Law Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108464888
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The rise and fall of professional dominance
    2. The problem of patient safety
    3. Regulation and trust
    4. Professional regulation and patient safety
    5. Complaining and claiming
    6. The criminalisation of medical harm
    7. Coronial investigations and inquests
    8. Professional responsibility: speaking up and saying sorry
    9. Patients, carers and safety. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Oliver Quick, University of Bristol
    Oliver Quick is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol. He teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminal law, medical law and public health law. He has published numerous articles in these fields, and is co-author of Reconstructing Criminal Law (with Nicola Lacey and Celia Wells, Cambridge, 2010). He has carried out empirical research into how UK prosecutors and experts interpret the controversial crime of 'medical manslaughter'. He obtained his Ph.D. thesis from the University of Wales, Cardiff and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Boston University and the National University of Singapore.

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