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Making soft intelligence hard: a multi-site qualitative study of challenges relating to voice about safety concerns

Overview of attention for article published in BMJ Quality & Safety, February 2018
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Title
Making soft intelligence hard: a multi-site qualitative study of challenges relating to voice about safety concerns
Published in
BMJ Quality & Safety, February 2018
DOI 10.1136/bmjqs-2017-007579
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Authors

Graham P Martin, Emma-Louise Aveling, Anne Campbell, Carolyn Tarrant, Peter J Pronovost, Imogen Mitchell, Christian Dankers, David Bates, Mary Dixon-Woods

Abstract

Healthcare organisations often fail to harvest and make use of the 'soft intelligence' about safety and quality concerns held by their own personnel. We aimed to examine the role of formal channels in encouraging or inhibiting employee voice about concerns. Qualitative study involving personnel from three academic hospitals in two countries. Interviews were conducted with 165 participants from a wide range of occupational and professional backgrounds, including senior leaders and those from the sharp end of care. Data analysis was based on the constant comparative method. Leaders reported that they valued employee voice; they identified formal organisational channels as a key route for the expression of concerns by employees. Formal channels and processes were designed to ensure fairness, account for all available evidence and achieve appropriate resolution. When processed through these formal systems, concerns were destined to become evidenced, formal and tractable to organisational intervention. But the way these systems operated meant that some concerns were never voiced. Participants were anxious about having to process their suspicions and concerns into hard evidentiary facts, and they feared being drawn into official procedures designed to allocate consequence. Anxiety about evidence and process was particularly relevant when the intelligence was especially 'soft'-feelings or intuitions that were difficult to resolve into a coherent, compelling reconstruction of an incident or concern. Efforts to make soft intelligence hard thus risked creating 'forbidden knowledge': dangerous to know or share. The legal and bureaucratic considerations that govern formal channels for the voicing of concerns may, perversely, inhibit staff from speaking up. Leaders responsible for quality and safety should consider complementing formal mechanisms with alternative, informal opportunities for listening to concerns.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 63 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 12 19%
Student > Master 11 17%
Researcher 9 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 13%
Other 5 8%
Other 11 17%
Unknown 7 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 21 33%
Nursing and Health Professions 8 13%
Psychology 6 10%
Social Sciences 5 8%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 6%
Other 10 16%
Unknown 9 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 195. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 18 March 2020.
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#97,325
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#51
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#3,685
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#1
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