Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality: a review of the literature

Blenkinsopp, John, Snowden, Nick, Mannion, Russell, Powell, Martin, Davies, Huw, Millar, Ross and McHale, Jean (2019) Whistleblowing over patient safety and care quality: a review of the literature. Journal of Health Organisation and Management, 33 (6). pp. 737-756. ISSN 1477-7266

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Whistleblowing, Patient care, Quality healthcare, Speaking up
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2019 10:51
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40695

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