Collaboration “Down Under”

1 Jun

by Sally Giles, Research Fellow in Core theme

Australia workshop_group photo_cropped

Myself and Stephen Campbell, PI of the NIHR Greater Manchester PSTRC, were invited to present some of the work of the Centre at a recent patient safety workshop hosted by Deakin University in Melbourne. Stephen gave an overview of the work of the Centre, whilst I gave a talk on patient involvement in patient safety. Following on from this I was invited to spend 10 days working closely with Andrea Hernan (Research Associate) and colleagues at Flinders University in Warrnambool, rural Australia.   

This collaboration builds on some work that I undertook to develop a Patient Measure of Safety (PMOS) within a hospital setting.  Whilst I was in Warrnambool, Andrea and I worked on analysing some data from the field testing of the Primary Care Patient Measure of Safety (PC_PMOS) questionnaire and wrote a paper on the development of the PC_PMOS.  This paper builds on our recently published work* and is currently under review in BMJ Quality and Safety.  We were also able to make plans for a further study to validate the PC_PMOS.   Future plans include validating a primary care version of PMOS and hopefully conducting a joint workshop at North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) later this year.  

I was also able to make new connections  and links with other researchers in Australia, some of whom will be using the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) evaluation questionnaire developed by myself and Jill Stocks within the Greater Manchester PSTRC.

 *Hernan A, Giles S J, Fuller J et al.  Patient and carer identified factors which contribute to safety incidents in primary care: a qualitative study.  BMJ Quality and Safety (in press).

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