As we look to the future, the healthcare industry is at a critical juncture. The rapid development of theories on how to deliver safe, person-centred care means that we can no longer rely on the excuse that “healthcare is different” from other industries and cannot be reliable and safe. People are now demanding safety and reliability in the care they receive, and they want to be treated as people who happen to be ill rather than as a number or a disease.
Currently, it is by chance rather than by design that one receives highly reliable person-centred and safe care. Yet we continue to build the same type of hospitals, educate future nurses and clinicians as we have always done and operate in a hierarchical system that disempowers people, rather than enables people to be healthy.
Although the provision of healthcare is complex, it is possible to overcome the complexity and provide care that is of the highest standard in all the domains of quality.
To achieve this, Peter Lachman in his blog suggests six steps to be considered.
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