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    Clinical-insurer engagement to improve maternity safety in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Australia


    Yau, CWH, Quick, O & Draycott, T, 2018, ‘Clinical-insurer engagement to improve maternity safety in the UK, Ireland, Sweden and Australia’. Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, vol 23., pp. 79-88


    To explore different models of clinical-insurer engagement around maternity safety and to understand how state insurers could and should engage with clinical staff to improve outcomes and reduce harm.

    Semi-structured interviews and focus groups were conducted with senior representatives from state insurers. Transcripts were analysed to identify different models of engagement. Themes were also elicited from the transcripts. A further one-day focus group allowed for further clarification and elaboration of these themes.

    Senior representatives from state insurers in England, Scotland, Wales, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Victoria, Australia.

    A variety of clinical engagement activities were undertaken by the insurers. These included training on claims and risk management, hospital site visits, facilitating multi-professional network meetings and working with clinical experts to develop best practice recommendations. Some insurers engaged with frontline clinical staff through collaborative patient safety programmes. The themes (identity and size, data and research, incentivising improvement and system integration) were important for considering the role of state insurers within health systems and how insurers could engage with clinical teams.

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