Information technology and patient safety in nursing practice: An international perspective

Barbara Van De Castle, Jeongeun Kim, Mavilde L.G. Pedreira, Abel Paiva, William Goossen, David W. Bates

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When people become patients, they place their trust in their health care providers. As providers assume responsibility for their diagnosis and treatment, patients have a right to expect that this will include responsibility for their safety during all aspects of care. However, increasing epidemiological data make it clear that patient safety is a global problem. Improved nursing care may prevent many adverse events, and nursing must take a stronger leadership role in this area. Although errors are almost inevitable, safety can be improved, and health care institutions are increasingly making safety a top priority. Information technology provides safety benefits by enhancing communication and delivering decision-support; its use will likely be a cornerstone for improving safety. This paper will discuss the status of patient safety from an international viewpoint, provide case studies from different countries, and discuss information technology solutions from a nursing perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-614
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Medical Informatics
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Information technology
  • Medication errors
  • Nursing care
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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