Healthy Workers and Safe Patients: The Role of Management Policy and Practice

Andrea Marie Jones, Alison Stockwell, Stephanie Lake

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Hospital worker health and patient safety are two areas of concern for hospital systems. While often discussed separately, evidence is growing to suggest that worker health and patient safety are positively correlated. In addition to this, both have the potential to be affected by upstream policy and practices implemented and governed at the management level. This review article, from the discipline of public health, discusses the issues of hospital workers’ (predominantly nurses) health, patient safety, and occupational health and safety management systems. The relationships between these three elements and potential underlying mechanisms are also discussed. Understanding these issues and relationships is of vital importance to designing safe hospital systems for both workers and patients.

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