Researchers tap into human behaviour to improve patient safety

February 2, 2017

The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) announced a new partnership with Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw and his colleagues at The Ottawa Hospital’s Centre for Implementation Research. They will apply their knowledge of implementation and behavioural science to help increase the success of CPSI’s patient safety programs. The partnership is part of the CPSI’s SHIFT to Safety campaign, which aims to give patients, health care providers and organizations the tools and resources they need to keep patients safe in a health care setting. However, for these programs to work they need patients, health-care providers, managers and policy makers to change their behaviours and the choices they make. Dr. Grimshaw and his team will use implementation and behavioural science to identify strategies to support these individuals to make changes that will improve patient safety, such as increased hand-washing. This involves identifying what behaviour needs to be changed, and finding barriers to that change, including environment, social influence, and professional identity. See Dr. Grimshaw’s presentation for details.

The Ottawa Hospital: Inspired by research. Driven by compassion

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Amelia Buchanan
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