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Identifying research priorities for patient safety in mental health: an international expert Delphi study

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Title: Identifying research priorities for patient safety in mental health: an international expert Delphi study
Authors: Dewa, LH
Murray, K
Thibaut, B
Ramtale, C
Adam, S
Darzi, A
Archer, S
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Objective Physical healthcare has dominated the patient safety field; research in mental healthcare is not as extensive but findings from physical healthcare cannot be applied to mental healthcare because it delivers specialised care that faces unique challenges. Therefore, a clearer focus and recognition of patient safety in mental health as a distinct research area is still needed. The study aim is to identify future research priorities in the field of patient safety in mental health. Design Semistructured interviews were conducted with the experts to ascertain their views on research priorities in patient safety in mental health. A three-round online Delphi study was used to ascertain consensus on 117 research priority statements. Setting and participants Academic and service user experts from the USA, UK, Switzerland, Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore were included. Main outcome measures Agreement in research priorities on a five-point scale. Results Seventy-nine statements achieved consensus (>70%). Three out of the top six research priorities were patient driven; experts agreed that understanding the patient perspective on safety planning, on self-harm and on medication was important. Conclusions This is the first international Delphi study to identify research priorities in safety in the mental field as determined by expert academic and service user perspectives. A reasonable consensus was obtained from international perspectives on future research priorities in patient safety in mental health; however, the patient perspective on their mental healthcare is a priority. The research agenda for patient safety in mental health identified here should be informed by patient safety science more broadly and used to further establish this area as a priority in its own right. The safety of mental health patients must have parity with that of physical health patients to achieve this.
Issue Date: 3-Mar-2018
Date of Acceptance: 7-Feb-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/58564
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021361
ISSN: 2044-6055
Publisher: BMJ Journals
Journal / Book Title: BMJ Open
Volume: 8
Issue: 3
Copyright Statement: © Article author(s) (or their employer(s) unless otherwise stated in the text of the article) 2018. All rights reserved. No commercial use is permitted unless otherwise expressly granted. This is an Open Access article distributed in accordance with the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt and build upon this work, for commercial use, provided the original work is properly cited. See: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Funder's Grant Number: RDPSC 79560
RDPSC 79560
Keywords: delphi study
mental health
patient safety
research priorities
service users
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: e021361
Appears in Collections:Division of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine
Epidemiology, Public Health and Primary Care



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