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Title: Running a hospital patient safety campaign : a qualitative study
Authors: Ozieranski, Piotr
Robins, Victoria
Minion, Joel
Willars, Janet
Wright, John
Weaver, Simon
Martin, Graham P.
Dixon-Woods, Mary
First Published: 1-Jul-2014
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Citation: Journal of Health Organization and Management, 2014, 28 (4)
Abstract: Purpose - Research on patient safety campaigns has mostly concentrated on large-scale multi-organisation efforts, yet locally-led improvement is increasingly promoted. We aimed to characterise the design and implementation of an internal patient safety campaign at a large acute NHS hospital trust with a view to understanding how to optimise such campaigns. Design/methodology/approach - We conducted a qualitative study of a campaign that sought to achieve 12 patient safety goals. We interviewed 19 managers and 45 frontline staff, supplemented by 56 hours of non-participant observation. Data analysis was based on the constant comparative method. Findings - The campaign was motivated by senior managers’ commitment to patient safety improvement, a series of serious untoward incidents, and a history of campaign-style initiatives at the trust. While the campaign succeeded in generating enthusiasm and focus among managers and some frontline staff, it encountered three challenges. First, though many staff at the sharp end were aware of the campaign, their knowledge and acceptance of its content, rationale and relevance for distinct clinical areas were variable. Second, the mechanisms of change, albeit effective in creating focus, may have been too limited. Third, many saw the tempo of the campaign as too rapid. Overall, the campaign enjoyed some success in raising the profile of patient safety. However, its ability to promote change was mixed, and progress was difficult to evidence because of lack of reliable measurement. Originality/value - Our study shows that single-organisation campaigns may help in raising the profile of patient safety. We offer important lessons for the successful running of such campaigns.
DOI Link: 10.1108/JHOM-02-2013-0035
ISSN: 1477-7266
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Emerald. Archived with permission of the publisher.
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