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How can task shifting put patient safety at risk? A qualitative study of experiences among general practitioners in Norway.

Malterud K, Aamland A, Fosse A. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2020;38.

Using qualitative analysis, this study explored the experiences of general practitioners in Norway with horizontal task shifting (defined as tasks shifted between equivalent professionals, such as hospital specialists and other specialists) and whether task shifting increased patient safety risks. The study identified several types of adverse events associated with horizontal task shifting, such as delays in diagnosis, overdiagnosis, and reduced access to care.