Q methodology, risk training and quality management

Mick McKeown (Lecturer Practitioner, University of Liverpool & North Mersey Community NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK)
Martin Hinks (Inter‐Agency Risk Training and Development Adviser, North Mersey Community NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK)
Mark Stowell‐Smith (Psychotherapist, St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK)
Dave Mercer (Lecturer, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK)
Joe Forster (Team Leader, High Dependency Unit, North Mersey Community NHS Trust, Liverpool, UK)

International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance

ISSN: 0952-6862

Publication date: 1 November 1999

Abstract

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.

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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/10.1108/09526869910291823

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MCB UP Ltd

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