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Tools for primary care patient safety: a narrative review

Spencer, Rachel; Campbell, Stephen M.

Authors

Rachel Spencer

Stephen M. Campbell



Abstract

Background: Patient safety in primary care is a developing field with an embryonic but evolving evidence base. This narrative review aims to identify tools that can be used by family practitioners as part of a patient safety toolkit to improve the safety of the care and services provided by their practices.

Methods: Searches were performed in 6 healthcare databases in 2011 using 3 search stems; location (primary care), patient safety synonyms and outcome measure synonyms. Two reviewers analysed the results using a numerical and thematic analyses. Extensive grey literature exploration was also conducted.

Results: Overall, 114 Tools were identified with 26 accrued from grey literature. Most published literature originated from the USA (41%) and the UK (23%) within the last 10 years. Most of the literature addresses the themes of medication error (55%) followed by safety climate (8%) and adverse event reporting (8%). Minor themes included; informatics (4.5%) patient role (3%) and general measures to correct error (5%). The primary/secondary care interface is well described (5%) but few specific tools for primary care exist. Diagnostic error and results handling appear infrequently (

Citation

Spencer, R., & Campbell, S. M. (2014). Tools for primary care patient safety: a narrative review. BMC Family Practice, 15, https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-15-166

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 29, 2014
Publication Date Oct 26, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 10, 2018
Journal BMC Family Practice
Electronic ISSN 1471-2296
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Article Number 166
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-15-166
Keywords Patient safety; Primary care; Patient safety toolkit
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48995
Publisher URL https://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2296-15-166
Related Public URLs https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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