Get 20M+ Full-Text Papers For Less Than $1.50/day. Start a 14-Day Trial for You or Your Team.

Learn More →

Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality: a review of the literature

Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality: a review of the literature The purpose of this paper is to review existing research on whistleblowing in healthcare in order to develop an evidence base for policy and research.Design/methodology/approachA narrative review, based on systematic literature protocols developed within the management field.FindingsThe authors identify valuable insights on the factors that influence healthcare whistleblowing, and how organizations respond, but also substantial gaps in the coverage of the literature, which is overly focused on nursing, has been largely carried out in the UK and Australia, and concentrates on the earlier stages of the whistleblowing process.Research limitations/implicationsThe review identifies gaps in the literature on whistleblowing in healthcare, but also draws attention to an unhelpful lack of connection with the much larger mainstream literature on whistleblowing.Practical implicationsDespite the limitations to the existing literature important implications for practice can be identified, including enhancing employees’ sense of security and providing ethics training.Originality/valueThis paper provides a platform for future research on whistleblowing in healthcare, at a time when policymakers are increasingly aware of its role in ensuring patient safety and care quality. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Health Organisation and Management Emerald Publishing

Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality: a review of the literature

Loading next page...
 
/lp/emerald-publishing/whistleblowing-over-patient-safety-and-care-quality-a-review-of-the-zOkGeLyNGj

References (114)

Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1477-7266
DOI
10.1108/jhom-12-2018-0363
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to review existing research on whistleblowing in healthcare in order to develop an evidence base for policy and research.Design/methodology/approachA narrative review, based on systematic literature protocols developed within the management field.FindingsThe authors identify valuable insights on the factors that influence healthcare whistleblowing, and how organizations respond, but also substantial gaps in the coverage of the literature, which is overly focused on nursing, has been largely carried out in the UK and Australia, and concentrates on the earlier stages of the whistleblowing process.Research limitations/implicationsThe review identifies gaps in the literature on whistleblowing in healthcare, but also draws attention to an unhelpful lack of connection with the much larger mainstream literature on whistleblowing.Practical implicationsDespite the limitations to the existing literature important implications for practice can be identified, including enhancing employees’ sense of security and providing ethics training.Originality/valueThis paper provides a platform for future research on whistleblowing in healthcare, at a time when policymakers are increasingly aware of its role in ensuring patient safety and care quality.

Journal

Journal of Health Organisation and ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 18, 2019

Keywords: Whistleblowing; Patient care; Quality healthcare; Speaking up

There are no references for this article.