Towards a Deeper Understanding of Conceptual Models that Incorporate Patient Safety

  • Timothy ArnoldEmail author
  • Helen J. A. Fuller
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 957)


Over the past decades, researchers, clinicians, and engineers have introduced many different conceptual models that incorporate patient safety. These models share similarities in some dimensions but may differ in others. A hermeneutic and natural language processing approach was utilized to interpret relevant literature on this subject. This descriptive account provides philosophical considerations that help to frame understanding of these models. The aim is to facilitate greater understanding of safety in health care.


Patient safety Conceptual models Human factors Language Natural language processing Hermeneutics Philosophy of patient safety 



We would like to thank everybody at the National Center for Patient Safety for their commitment to patient safety. Also, we thank S. D. McKnight for fostering a climate that values philosophy and the manifestation of imagination. There were no relevant financial relationships or any source of support in the forms of grants, equipment, or drugs. The authors declare no conflict of interest. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Veterans Administration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Center for Patient SafetyAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan, College of PharmacyAnn ArborUSA

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