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

  • Andrea Marie Jones University of British Columbia
  • Alison Stockwell University of British Columbia
  • Stephanie Lake University of British Columbia

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Andrea Marie Jones, University of British Columbia
Andrea Jones is a PhD student in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia
Alison Stockwell, University of British Columbia
Alison is a graduate student at the Norman B. Keevil Institute of  Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia
Stephanie Lake, University of British Columbia
Stephanie is a graduate student at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia
Published
2015-01-19