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The sociotechnical configuration of the problem of Patient Safety

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  • Department of Information and Media Studies
Abstract. This paper presents and discusses two approaches to “the sociotechnical”, one coming from the Tavistock tradition and the other from actor network theory. These two differ in important ways and from the latter it follows that what patient safety means must be scrutinized and unpacked. The paper thus rudimentarily discusses central contributions to the problematization of patient safety. Last it is argued that research that provide data on the processes of medical interventions where events, decisions and entities become transformed through their interactions is needed in order to further nuance the problem of patient safety.
Keywords. Sociotechnical, patient safety, actor network theory, adverse events.


Original languageEnglish
Book seriesStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
VolumeVolume 157
Pages (from-to)31-37
ISSN0926-9630
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Event - Aalborg, Denmark

Conference

ConferenceFOURTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ONINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTH CARE: SOCIO-TECHNICAL APPROACHES
CountryDenmark
CityAalborg
Period23/06/201024/06/2010

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