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J Patient Saf. 2016 Mar;12(1):25-33. doi: 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000096.

Researchers' Roles in Patient Safety Improvement.

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From the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere, Finland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

In this article, we explore how researchers can contribute to patient safety improvement. We aim to expand the instrumental role researchers have often occupied in relation to patient safety improvement.

METHODS:

We reflect on our own improvement model and experiences as patient safety researchers in an ongoing Finnish multi-actor innovation project through self-reflective narration.

RESULTS:

Our own patient safety improvement model can be described as systemic. Based on the purpose of the innovation project, our improvement model, and the improvement models of the other actors in the project, we have carried out a wide range of activities. Our activities can be summarized in 8 overlapping patient safety improvement roles: modeler, influencer, supplier, producer, ideator, reflector, facilitator, and negotiator.

CONCLUSIONS:

When working side by side with "practice," researchers are offered and engage in several different activities. The way researchers contribute to patient safety improvement and balance between different roles depends on the purpose of the study, as well as on the underlying patient safety improvement models. Different patient safety research paradigms seem to emphasize different improvement roles, and thus, they also face different challenges. Open reflection on the underlying improvement models and roles can help researchers with different backgrounds-as well as other actors involved in patient safety improvement-in structuring their work and collaborating productively.

PMID:
24618644
DOI:
10.1097/PTS.0000000000000096
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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