Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality: a review of the literature
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- Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Hull
- University of St Andrews
PURPOSE: 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/APPROACH: A narrative review, based on systematic literature protocols developed within the management field.
FINDINGS: The 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/IMPLICATIONS: The 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 IMPLICATIONS: Despite the limitations to the existing literature important implications for practice can be identified, including enhancing employees' sense of security and providing ethics training.
ORIGINALITY/VALUE: This 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.
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||Journal of Health, Organization and Management|
|Publication status||Published - 5 Sep 2019|
- Australia, Humans, Organizational Culture, Patient Safety, Quality of Health Care, United Kingdom, Whistleblowing