Improving Health Care Safety and Quality: Reluctant Regulators

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Feb 28, 2013 - Law - 350 pages
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Responding to the public concern caused by recent hospital scandals and accounts of unintended harm to patients, this author draws on her experience of analysing the health care systems of over a dozen countries and examines whether greater regulation has increased patient safety and health care quality. The book adopts a new approach to mapping developments in health care systems in Europe, North America and Australia and pieces together evidence of which regulatory strategies and mechanisms work well to ensure safer patient care. It identifies the regulatory bodies, the regulatory principles and the implementation strategies adopted to improve governance in health care systems and suggests a conceptual framework for responsive regulation. The book will be of interest to government actors, health care professionals and medico-legal scholars.

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Why Regulate?
How Safe Is Health Care?
Who Governs Health Care?
Regulating the Health Professions
Safety Cultures and Safety Systems
Regulating Staff Internal Management
External Reviews
Laws Money and Monitoring
Regulation by Patients
Trust and Transparency

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About the author (2013)

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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