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Towards a sociology of healthcare safety and quality


Allen D, Brathwaite J, Sandall J, Waring J. Towards a sociology of healthcare safety and quality.  Sociol Health: 2016; 38(2): 181-197


The contributions to this collection address technologies, practices, experiences and the organisation of quality and safety across a wide range of healthcare contexts. Spanning three continents, from hospital to community, maternity to mental health, they shine a light into the boardrooms, back offices and front-lines of healthcare, offering sociological insights from the perspectives of managers, clinicians and patients. We review these articles and consider how they contribute to some of the dilemmas that confront mainstream approaches to quality and safety and then look ahead to outline future lines of sociological inquiry to progress the theory and practice of quality and safety.