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Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

Bob Heyman, Andy Alaszewski, Monica Shaw and Mike Titterton

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780198569008
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191717499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569008.001.0001
Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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All too often, service users, health professionals, policy makers, educators, and researchers draw upon risk management frameworks without reflecting critically on their assumptions or limitations. This book is designed to promote ‘risk literacy’. It introduces the reader to a range of issues, often unrecognized, which underlie all health risk management. The book is designed for practitioners, managers, educators, policy makers, researchers, service users, and members of the public who are concerned with health risks. It will help readers to critically evaluate the claims made about organized responses to identified risks in an informed and critical way. The topics covered in the book are illustrated through real clinical examples that demonstrate their relevance for practice. The book unpicks the core elements of risk-thinking; namely, categorization, valuing, inductive probabilistic reasoning, and time-framing. It then reviews key issues relating to organized health risk management: encoding, media representation and influence, regulation, and the patient safety agenda. The concluding chapter analyses responses to the 2009 swine flu pandemic in order to illustrate and draw together the themes discussed in the book.

Keywords: health risk; risk categorization; risk construction; probabilistic reasoning; risk encoding; risk management; regulation; patient safety agenda; risk thinking; screening

Book.  267 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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Introduction in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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The concept of risk in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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The social construction of health risks in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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Values and health risks in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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Health risks and probabilistic reasoning in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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Time and health risks in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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Information about health risks in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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Health risks and the media in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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Health risk and the patient safety agenda in Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice

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