TITLE

The Challenge of Modeling Patient Safety Risk Management in a Complex Health Care Environment

AUTHOR(S)
Lee, Robert C.; Ekaette, Edidiong; Cooke, David; Kelly, Karie-Lynn; Dunscombe, Peter
PUB. DATE
December 2005
SOURCE
Clinical & Investigative Medicine;Dec2005, Vol. 28 Issue 6, p344
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on modeling patient safety risk management in a complex health care environment. Health care systems can be extremely complex as they consist of interacting and constantly changing human and equipment elements. Thus, they are prone to incidents that may harm patients. This article describes an ongoing research program designed to take a systems approach to radiation oncology. Treatment of cancer with ionizing radiation has clear benefits in terms of patient survival, but in some cases have resulted in hundreds of patients being exposed to inappropriate treatments.
ACCESSION #
19204593

 

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