Designing safer health care through responsive regulation

Judith Healy, John Braithwaite

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    • Self-regulation by the health professions, while improving, is no longer enough; external drivers for safer health care include governments, funders and consumers. • Enforced self-regulation is often more promising than a "command and control" strategy. • Research evidence on the responsive regulatory pyramid and its options offers lessons for health care policy makers and managers. • Start at the base of the regulatory pyramid - try persuasion first; move up the pyramid to secure compliance, and then be willing to move back down. • Use existing capacities and structures, and if possible avoid new bureaucracies of control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)s56-s59
    JournalMedical Journal of Australia
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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