The application of crime science to the prevention of medication errors

Cox, Karen (2008) The application of crime science to the prevention of medication errors. British Journal of Nursing, 17 (14). pp. 924-927. ISSN 1893-5846

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It is now accepted that human error in healthcare is inevitable and that a punitive response does not facilitate patient safety. Reason's (2000) system approach acknowledges that adverse events, such as medication errors, rarely have a single explanation and advocates the review of systemic factors, such as organizational culture, management and strategy. Rational choice theory has much in common with the system approach but the emphasis is on understanding the decision-making process of those who make errors. It could therefore be used in conjunction with the system approach to enhance the ability of healthcare providers to learn from medication errors and other adverse events. The aim of this article is to explore the relationship between rational choice theory and the system approach to error management in nursing.

Keywords:Accountability Crime science Medication error Nursing misconduct Regulation
Subjects:L Social studies > L431 Health Policy
B Subjects allied to Medicine > B700 Nursing
L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:22 Nov 2015 11:09

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