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Risk, Safety and Clinical Practice: Health care through the lens of risk

Bob Heyman, Andy Alaszewski, Monica Shaw, and Mike Titterton


All too often, service users, health professionals, policy makers, educators, and researchers draw upon risk management frameworks without reflecting critically on their assumptions or limitations. This book is designed to promote ‘risk literacy’. It introduces the reader to a range of issues, often unrecognized, which underlie all health risk management. The book is designed for practitioners, managers, educators, policy makers, researchers, service users, and members of the public who are concerned with health risks. It will help readers to critically evaluate the claims made about organized ... More

Keywords: health risk, risk categorization, risk construction, probabilistic reasoning, risk encoding, risk management, regulation, patient safety agenda, risk thinking, screening

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780198569008
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bob Heyman, author
Professor of Health Care Risk Management, University of Huddersfield and Emeritus Professor of Health Care Research, City University, London

Andy Alaszewski, author
Professor of Health Studies and Director of the Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent

Monica Shaw, author
Emeritus Professor in Social Sciences, Northumbria University