Feeling unsafe in the healthcare setting: patients' perspectives

Kenward, Linda ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4319-6651 , Whiffin, Charlotte and Spalek, Basia (2017) Feeling unsafe in the healthcare setting: patients' perspectives. British Journal of Nursing, 26 (3). pp. 143-149.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2017.26.3.143


This literature review aimed to discover the factors that contribute to patients feeling unsafe in the healthcare setting. Electronic searches were undertaken using three databases to examine publications from 2002 to 2016. The design used a modified Cooper's (1982) five-stage integrative review method. Fourteen articles were identified, producing seven themes: information and communication, loss of control, staff presence, impersonal care, patients' vulnerable emotional and physical state, not being taken seriously, and the patient perception of of a lack of staff experience, knowledge, proactivity and interest. The findings suggest that, in maintaining a quality service for patients, nurses can contribute to the reduction of patients' feelings of being unsafe and vulnerable. Patients do not just feel unsafe when errors occur, but also when service quality is noticeably poor. Where lack of quality is perceived as an indication of potential threat, this lack may contribute to patients feeling unsafe within the healthcare setting.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 0966-0461
Departments: Academic Departments > Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:25
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 17:01
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2684


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