This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary healthcare quality and safety with a focus on patient centered care. Students will explore the various definitions of healthcare quality and safety, and the foundations of patient safety and quality improvement design within the healthcare arena and their own individual practice. Using quality and safety as a framework, students will examine trends in critical incidents in healthcare that result in adverse outcomes for patients. Applying methods to assess the delivery of quality patient-centred care and critically appraising work practices on an individual level will provide a basis for identifying current gaps in quality and safety. This unit also introduces assessment tools and analytic methods for quality and safety in healthcare and the role of organisational change preparing for successful initiatives in the workplace intended to improve quality and safety.
“Good care is more than the absence of bad” (Balding, 2013)
|Unit name||Healthcare Quality and Safety: A Patient-Centred Approach|
|Faculty/School||College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Dr Sarah Prior
Dr Sarah Prior, Dr Pieter Van Dam, Dr Phoebe Griffin.
|Available as student elective?||No|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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Assessment Task 1: DISCUSSION BOARD CONTRIBUTIONS 600 words (20%)
Assessment Task 2: REFLECTIVE REPORT 2000 words (35%)
Assessment Task 3: CRITIQUE (35%) 2000 words
Assessment Task 4: 2 ONLINE QUIZZES (10%).
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