Speaker: Andrea Bishop
Title: Building the Connection for Patient Safety
Description: Greater engagement of patients in their care may contribute to safer healthcare, but it is unclear what factors facilitate such engagement and how such factors differ between patient involvement in factual and challenging patient safety practices. This research used the Health Belief Model (HBM) as a framework to understand how patient and provider perceptions of benefits, threats, cues to action, and self-efficacy play a role in the likelihood of patients becoming involved in patient safety practices. Andrea C Bishop, MHSA, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Andrea completed her doctoral work at Dalhousie University on the topic of patient engagement in patient safety and is currently exploring patient experiences while hospitalized and how they relate to safety culture. Andrea is also a research associate with SafetyNET-Rx (www.safetynetrx), an outreach program that encourages and supports an open dialogue regarding medication errors and quality within community pharmacies in Nova Scotia.