Saturday, June 21, 2008

Knowledge management in medicine: a good read

I recently had the opportunity to read this article:

Currie G, Waring J, Finn R. The the limits of knowledge management for UK public services modernization: the case of patient safeyt and service quality. Public Admin. 2008;86: 363-384.

I really liked it because it provides a nice background discussion on:
  • what knowledge management is,
  • why knowledge management in the clinical environment is tough,
  • how the UK is using reporting mechanisms as knowledge management tools, and
  • what success should / can could look like.
The authors report on some observational research they did in the clinical environment to try and understand how the reporting function could actually play out 'in situ'. There work makes me think about trying to do similar projects with clinical collegues to try and discern other pieces of the knowledge transfer pie that need to be addressed to ensure reliable sharing of what we know to affect the safety of care.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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