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Towards a sociology of healthcare safety and quality

Allen, Davina; Braithwaite, Jeffrey; Sandall, Jane; Waring, Justin


Davina Allen

Jeffrey Braithwaite

Jane Sandall

Justin Waring


The contributions to this collection address technologies, practices, experiences and the organisation of quality and safety across a wide range of healthcare contexts. Spanning three continents, from hospital to community, maternity to mental health, they shine a light into the boardrooms, back offices and front-lines of healthcare, offering sociological insights from the perspectives of managers, clinicians and patients. We review these articles and consider how they contribute to some of the dilemmas that confront mainstream approaches to quality and safety and then look ahead to outline future lines of sociological inquiry to progress the theory and practice of quality and safety.


Allen, D., Braithwaite, J., Sandall, J., & Waring, J. (2016). Towards a sociology of healthcare safety and quality. Sociology of Health and Illness, 38(2), 181-197.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 15, 2015
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2015
Publication Date 2016-02
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2019
Journal Sociology of Health & Illness
Print ISSN 0141-9889
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 38
Issue 2
Pages 181-197
Keywords sociology; quality and safety; healthcare; theory
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