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Senior research fellow Gillian Janes reports on work under way to identify ineffective practices
Ineffective practices

National Institute for Health Research senior research fellow Gillian Janes reports on work under way to identify ineffective practices

Achieving safer care poses significant challenges, not least while working in the context of unprecedented demands on healthcare services and increasingly limited resources at our disposal.

It's unsurprising then that we need to ensure we make the best possible use of staff skills, time and other resources to have any chance of making care safer.

Work is under way to actively discourage the use of ineffective, unnecessary or harmful clinical treatments and practices. We need, though, to do likewise with non-clinical practices, rules and procedures if we are to build a safer healthcare system, improve the process of care for patients and staff, and reduce costs (Norton et al 2017).

There is a tendency in the NHS to add more and


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