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Developing a Patient Safety Culture in Primary Dental Care

Patient safety should be at the heart of any healthcare service. Systems, teams, individuals, and environments must work in tandem to strive for safety and quality. Research into patient safety in dentistry is still in the early stages. The vast majority of the research in this area has originated from the secondary care and academic fields. Approximately 95% of dental care is provided in the primary care sector. In this paper, we provide an overview of the evidence base for patient safety in dentistry and discuss the following aspects of patient safety: human factors; best practice; the second victim concept; potential for over-regulation and creating a patient safety culture. Through discussion of these concepts, we hope to provide the reader with the necessary tools to develop a patient safety culture in their practice.

Read the full report here:
Bailey, E., & Dungarwalla, M. (2021). Developing a Patient Safety Culture in Primary Dental Care. Primary Dental Journal.

See also:
Halawany HS, Abraham NB, Al-Badr AH, Al-Khalifa KS. Perceptions of Patient Safety Competence Using the Modified Version of the Health Professional Education in Patient Safety Survey (H-PEPSS) Instrument Among Dental Students in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2022;13:1019-1028

Dentistry – Hazard Recognition, Control and Prevention | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov)

Safety In Dentistry

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