Is there a Theory – Practice – Ethics gap? A Patient Safety Case Study

Mortell, Manfred (2019) Is there a Theory – Practice – Ethics gap? A Patient Safety Case Study. International Journal of Africa Nursing Sciences, 10. pp. 38-42. ISSN 2214-1391

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This exposé employs a case study to illuminate an ongoing medical dilemma which places a patient’s safety at risk. The medical dilemma is one of non-compliance by healthcare professionals and is associated with correct patient identification. Typically, the healthcare academics declare that when clinical practice is inadequate, a “theory-practice gap” is usually responsible. Within this paradigm there is often a gap between theoretical knowledge and its application in practice. Most of the evidence relating to the non-integration of theory and practice makes the assumption that environmental factors are responsible and will affect learning and practice outcomes, hence the “gap”. However, it is the author's belief, that to “bridge the gap” between theory and practice an additional component must be considered, called “Ethics”. In order to effectively implement practices, such as identifying a patient correctly, the user must deem these practices to be important and relevant to provide safe patient care in their role as healthcare providers. This introduces a new concept which the author refers to as the “theory-practice-ethics gap” and must be considered when reviewing some of the unacceptable outcomes in healthcare practice, such as wrong patient identification.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics, Medical error, Non-compliance, Patient identification, Practice unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, Theory, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Gani
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2019 06:37
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 00:51

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