Safer Healthcare: Strategies for the Real World

Authors: Charles Vincent and René Amalberti

Published: 2016 by Springer Open

Summary: We have set out a system of safety strategies and interventions for managing patient safety on a day-to-day basis and improving safety over the long term. These strategies are applicable at all levels of the healthcare system from the frontline to the regulation and governance of the system.  There have been many  advances in patient safety but we now need a new and broader vision that encompasses care throughout the patient’s journey. We argue that we need to see safety through the patient’s eyes, to consider how safety is managed in different contexts and to develop a wider strategic and practical vision in which patient safety is recast as the management of risk over time. We need to make more use of strategies concerned with detecting, controlling, managing and responding to risk. Strategies for managing safety in highly standardised and controlled environments are necessarily different from those in which clinicians constantly have to adapt and respond to changing circumstances.


Edited by: Mary Patricia Tully and Bryony Dean Franklin

Published: August 18, 2015 by CRC Press 

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Going into Hospital: A Guide for Patients, Carers and Families

Edited by:  Oliver WarrenBryony Dean Franklin, Charles Vincent

Published: August 7, 2015 by Eastdown Publishing

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Clinical Risk Management: Enhancing Patient Safety

Edited by Charles Vincent

Published: 2001 (2nd edition) by BMJ Books

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Patient Safety

By Charles Vincent

Published: June 2010, BMJ Books

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Complementary Medicine: A Research Perspective

By Charles Vincent and Adrian Furnham

Published: April 1997 by Wiley

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The EssentialS of Patient Safety

By Charles Vincent

Free to download below is the introduction taken from Patient Safety (2nd edition, 2010).  The aim is to make the essentials of patient safety available to everyone. The topics addressed include the evolution of patient safety, the research that underpins the area, understanding how things go wrong, and the practical action needed to reduce error and harm and, when harm does occur, to help those involved. 

The Essentials of Patient Safety (PDF)