This article reports on a systematic review of the use and effects of patient safety checklists in medicine and provides useful evidence in support of checklist interventions. It encompasses thirty four studies of safety checklists and suggests that checklists are effective tools for improvement patient safety. Specifically, the review found that checklists improve communication, reduce adverse events, improve adherence to procedures and reduce morbidity and mortality.
Governing patient safety: lessons learned from a mixed methods evaluation of implementing a ward-level medication safety scorecard in two English NHS hospitals
In this piece of original research the authors aimed to evaluate the effects of implementing a ward-level medication safety scorecard in two NHS hospitals in a large English city and examine factors influencing these effects.
This journal article by Professor James Reason outlines the difference between a person and a system view of human error and safety, and what the consequences are for incident analysis and safety management.