Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice: Health care through the lens of risk by Bob HeymanRisk, Safety and Clinical Practice: Health care through the lens of risk by Bob Heyman

Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice: Health care through the lens of risk

byBob Heyman, Andy Alaszewski, Monica Shaw

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Risk thinking is transforming the understanding, organisation and management of health care systems, and its significance is likely to increase still further over the next two decades as technological advances, for example the new genetics and the discovery of new biomedical markers, open upnovel possibilities for health risk management. Heightened societal risk consciousness, such as food panics and the debate over the MMR vaccine, co-exists, apparently paradoxically, with increased life expectancy in advanced industrial societies and increasing concern about the longer term future. At the same time, social trends are pushinghealth care systems towards the surveillance of populations and the targeting of groups identified as being at higher risk. All too often, service users, health professionals, policy makers and researchers draw upon a risk management framework without reflecting critically on its assumptions orlimitations. This introductory text focuses on the underlying generic issues of risk management in a health care. Aimed at health professionals, managers, educators and policy makers who are concerned with risk management, it allows the reader to analyse risk management issues, and to critically evaluate theclaims made about existing and new technologies, in an informed way. It covers all aspects of risk relevant to a clinical setting and is closely related to decision making in the clinic.

About The Author

Bob Heyman is Professor of Health Care Risk Management in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, and Professor Emeritus in Health Care Research at City University, London. Previously, he held the post of Associate Dean for Research at St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University. ...

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Title:Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice: Health care through the lens of riskFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:December 4, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Bob Heyman and Mike Titterton: Introduction1. Bob Heyman: The concept of risk2. Bob Heyman: The social construction of health risks3. Bob Heyman: Values and health risks4. Bob Heyman, Andy Alaszewski, Monica Shaw and Mike Titterton: Risk and probabilistic reasoning5. Bob Heyman, Andy Alaszewski, Monica Shaw and Mike Titterton: Time and health risks6. Andy Alaszewski: Information about health risks7. Monica Shaw: Health risks and the media8. Monica Shaw: The regulation of health risks9. Bob Heyman, Andy Alaszewski, Monica Shaw and Mike Titterton: Health risk and the patient safety agenda