The Deconstruction of Patient Safety and the Way Ahead - Mines Paris Accéder directement au contenu
Communication Dans Un Congrès Année : 2010

The Deconstruction of Patient Safety and the Way Ahead


In the rush to practice patient safety, and thereby improve the delivery of healthcare, few spend much time reflecting on what they do. This is an understandable attitude, since there always are substantial pressures to improve things - which usually means reducing the number of certain events or outcomes. When the first rush is over, which often coincidences with the grim realisation that the efforts have not yielded the intended results, it may be time to reflect on what was actually done. Such reflections must also ask the question of what patient safety actually is. One way of doing that is to consider whether the meaning and contents of patient safety is derived from the various indicators that are used in practice, or whether the indicators are derived from an independent understanding of what patient safety is. This 'deconstruction' of patient safety is analogous to taking a machine or a clock apart to find out what is inside and how it works. However, unlike machines and clocks there may be more than one way of reassembling or reconstructing the parts. By understanding what patient safety is and how it works, it may be possible to reconstruct it in a better way.

Mots clés

Fichier non déposé

Dates et versions

hal-00661437 , version 1 (19-01-2012)


  • HAL Id : hal-00661437 , version 1


Erik Hollnagel. The Deconstruction of Patient Safety and the Way Ahead. 1st Nordic Patient Safety Conference, Patient Safety Challenges - KTH - Technology and Health, May 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. ⟨hal-00661437⟩
89 Consultations
0 Téléchargements


Gmail Mastodon Facebook X LinkedIn More