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Changing the narratives for patient safety.

Pronovost PJ, Sutcliffe KM, Basu L, et al. Changing the narratives for patient safety. Bull World Health Organ. 2017;95(6):478-480. doi:10.2471/BLT.16.178392.

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June 28, 2017
Pronovost PJ, Sutcliffe KM, Basu L, et al. Bull World Health Organ. 2017;95:478-480.

Mental models represent established mindsets that can either hinder or enhance safety. This commentary describes mental models about patient safety that may limit progress, such as acceptance of harm as an expected byproduct of medical care. The authors provide suggested changes to these mindsets, including focusing on developing effective patient safety measures and a systems approach to designing and implementing improvement initiatives.

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Pronovost PJ, Sutcliffe KM, Basu L, et al. Changing the narratives for patient safety. Bull World Health Organ. 2017;95(6):478-480. doi:10.2471/BLT.16.178392.