Study to develop methods for assessing avoidable severe harm due to problems in hospital care

Published: 19 Aug 2016

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been funded by the Department of Health to develop better ways of identifying patients who may have been harmed by healthcare, rather than their own illness. This study will help to develop approaches that hospitals can use to measure such harm and understand the underlying causes, leading to improved patient safety in the future.

As part of the study LSHTM wishes to build up a picture of what patients and hospital staff know about healthcare-related harm such as hospital acquired infections, delays, problems with operations and their causes and also how they might rate that harm in terms of severity. This feedback may be based on the patient’s own experience, that of family or friends or based on what they have heard or seen in the media.

LSHTM would like to find 6-8 volunteers who would be willing to take part in a group discussion on this topic. The discussion will last for around 1 hour. If you are interested, please contact Dr Kaushik Chattopadhyay for further information.

Severe harm focus group information sheet