Patient safety - theory and practice (MHV264)

This course is about how patient safety can be understood, explained and maintained when a patient is in need of health  and welfare services. The aim of the course is to give students the knowledge, skills, and analytical capacity to understand the important preconditions necessary for achieving a high level of safety in health and welfare services.


Course description for study year 2022-2023

Facts

Course code

MHV264

Version

1

Credits (ECTS)

10

Semester tution start

Autumn

Number of semesters

1

Exam semester

Autumn

Language of instruction

English

Content

Course content is based on recent safety research in health and welfare services, however, examples from other sectors of society are applied when relevant. The course covers the following main topics:
  • System perspective
  • Patient perspective
  • Role of governmental bodies, policy and practice
  • Interaction and transitions
  • Risk-based approach
  • Resilience
  • Leadership, learning, safety culture and work environment
  • Education, simulation and training

Learning outcome

Upon completion of this course, the students are expected to have the following knowledge, skills and competence:

Advanced knowledge

The candidate;

  • has advanced knowledge of existing theories and research in patient safety
  • has advanced knowledge of current practices in patient safety in Norwegian health and welffare services
  • can assess differences between an individual perspective and a system's perspective on safety
  • has advanced knowledge of how risk-based methods, simulation, safety culture and learning can be used as a means in patient safety work
  • can assess how patient experiences can be incorporated in patient safety work

Skills

  • To apply theories/methods to improve patient safety in practice
  • To evaluate scientific publications on patient safety
  • Increased understadning of situational challenges related to patient safety in health and welfare services

General competence

  • To analyze different theoretical, methodological and practical approaches to patient safety

Required prerequisite knowledge

None

Exam

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Term paper 1/1 Letter grades All

Coursework requirements

Essay
Submitted and approved academic essay about the research problem for the individual assignment (maximum 500 words).

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Hilda Bø Lyng

Course coordinator:

Hilda Bø Lyng

Study Program Director:

Margareth Kristoffersen

Method of work

There will be a combination of lectures, self-study, group work and individual assignments on campus and/or digitally. Teaching will extend over 2-4 days depending on the number of students.  

Note: If only a few students are registered, the course can be organized as a supervised reading course.

Practice

This course will provide situational knowledge of patient safety challenges in health and welfare services.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Patient safety - theory and practice (FXMHV264_1) 10
Patient safety - theory and practice (E-MRS170_1) 10

Open for

The course is open to all master's students.

Candidates with a relevant bachelor's degree may apply for admission to the course if there is availability.

This course will provide situational knowledge of patient safety challenges in health and welfare services.

Course assessment

There is continuous evaluation of the quality of the teaching and learning experience according to current regulations.

Literature

The syllabus can be found in Leganto