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Nursing issues
Understanding the wider impact of patient safety incidents
  1. Joanne Michelle McPeake1,
  2. Meghan Bateson2
  1. 1 School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glagsow, UK
  2. 2 Improvement Hub, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Glasgow, Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joanne Michelle McPeake, School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glagsow G31 2ER, UK; joanne.mcpeake{at}

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Commentary on: Stovall M, Hansen L. Suicide Risk, Changing Jobs, or Leaving the Nursing Profession in the Aftermath of a Patient Safety Incident. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing.2021;18(5):264-72.

Implications for practice and research

  • The impact of a patient safety incident can be far reaching and can negatively affect the staff involved and the healthcare system, in addition to patients and families.

  • Research is required to understand how best to identify and support staff who are involved in patient safety incidents.


Patient safety incidents can have significant and sometimes life-changing consequences for patients and families.1 However, the broader impact of safety incidents on staff and the healthcare system is less well understood.2 This study aimed to understand the effect of patient safety incidents on nurses’ well-being and professional intentions.3


The study used a descriptive correlational design to examine the relationship between involvement in a …

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  • Competing interests JMMP is funded by a research fellowship from The Institute of Healthcare Improvement (University of Cambridge, PD-2019-02-016).

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.