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Positive deviance: a different approach to achieving patient safety.

Lawton R, Taylor N, Clay-Williams R, et al. Positive deviance: a different approach to achieving patient safety. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014;23(11):880-3. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003115.

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August 20, 2014
Lawton R, Taylor N, Clay-Williams R, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014;23(11):880-3.

This commentary advocates for organizations to adopt an approach that focuses on top performers and team achievements to motivate improvement. Highlighting how positive deviance has demonstrated an encouraging effect on hand hygiene compliance, the authors suggest that this method could address behaviors that hinder adoption of safety practices.

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Lawton R, Taylor N, Clay-Williams R, et al. Positive deviance: a different approach to achieving patient safety. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014;23(11):880-3. doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003115.