Patient safety – improving patient outcomes

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Published 20 April 2022

We are used to thinking of outcomes in terms of response to treatment, but it is also important to think about the impact that the delivery of treatment can have on patient outcomes through developing systems that protect patient safety.

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For an example of how non-technical skills can help us improve patient safety in practice you may be interested in

Rayner, A. (2021) What do patient safety and buckets have in common? An introduction to non-technical skills [RCVS Knowledge. QI Features] [online] Available from: [accessed 14 April 2022]

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