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Tools for primary care patient safety: a narrative review

Spencer, Rachel; Campbell, Stephen M.

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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 (

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 26, 2014
Journal BMC Family Practice
Electronic ISSN 1471-2296
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Article Number 166
APA6 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
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-15-166
Keywords Patient safety; Primary care; Patient safety toolkit
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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