Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators

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Judith Healy
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Law - 328 pages
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Responding to the alarm caused by recent hospital scandals and accounts of unintended harm to patients, this author draws on her experience of analyzing the health care systems of over a dozen countries and examines whether greater regulation has increased patient safety and health care quality. It will be of key interest to government actors, health care professionals and medico-legal scholars.
  

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Contents

Why Regulate?
1
How Safe Is Health Care?
23
Who Governs Health Care?
59
Regulating the Health Professions
97
Safety Cultures and Safety Systems
137
Internal Management
169
External Reviews
199
Laws Money and Monitoring
237
Regulation by Patients
283
Trust and Transparency
307
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About the author (2011)

Martin McKee is a Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Care Systems and Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He has published extensively on health and health policy in central and eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
Judith Healy is a Senior Research Fellow with the European Observatory on Health Care Systems and honorary Senior Lecturer in Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She has published extensively on health and social policy, including Health Care Systems in Transition profiles on the central Asian republics.
Jane Falkingham is a Reader in Social Policy & Population Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and co-Director of the ESRC Research Group Simulating Social Policy for an Ageing Society. She has published extensively on poverty, health and social policy in Central Asia and co-edited Household Welfare in Central Asia (Macmillan, 1997).

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