The results of a Q methodological study of professional understandings of the notion of risk in mental health services within the UK are discussed in relation to the relevance for staff training and quality assurance. The study attempted to access the diversity of understandings of risk issues amongst a multi‐professional group of staff (n = 60) attending inter‐agency risk training workshops in 1998. Q methodology is presented as both an appropriate means for such inquiry and as a novel experiential technique for training purposes. A tentative argument is advanced that the qualitative accounts generated by Q research could assist in systematic reviews of quality, complementing the singularly quantitative approaches typically represented in the audit process.
McKeown, M., Hinks, M., Stowell‐Smith, M., Mercer, D. and Forster, J. (1999), "Q methodology, risk training and quality management", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, Vol. 12 No. 6, pp. 254-266. https://doi.org/10.1108/09526869910291823Download as .RIS
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