Policy and technical topics:Patient safety contributing to sustainable universal health coverage - SEA/RC68/14 (Rev.1)
AbstractHealth services are not as safe as they could be. Patient safety has become a key concern of modern health care, because as interventions have become more complex, patients are more at risk of medical errors. Global evidence suggests that one in ten hospital patients experiences an adverse event, and 20–40% of health spending is wasted due to poor quality care. There are compelling health and economic arguments for improving patient safety. Patient safety, now a global agenda, is one of the key entry points for health-care quality improvement to support universal health coverage (UHC). Moreover, patient safety has to be addressed systematically, if countries are to make sustained progress towards UHC. Experience shows that improvements in services have to happen in parallel with improved financing if real progress on UHC is to be made. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the WHO Regional Office in New Delhi from 29 June to 2 July 2015 reviewed the attached working paper outlining actions to improve patient safety to contribute to sustainable UHC in the South-East Asia Region and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) High political commitment to develop appropriate policies, legislation and other interventions, including raising community awareness on patients’ rights; and engagement with patients as stakeholders are essential to cover all aspects of ensuring patient safety in Member States. (2) Health workforce capacity development in patient safety is desirable. (3) Consider introducing patient safety multi-professional training curricula in all training schools of medical, nursing and other allied health professions, and conduct training and re-training programmes. (4) Conduct country self-assessments on patient safety. Actions by WHO (1) Provide technical support to conduct self-assessments, develop country strategies and plans and support national and sub-national training programmes. (2) Develop guidance on approaches, tools and instruments to strengthen patient safety in Member States. (3) Report progress to the Regional Committee periodically. (4) The title of the working paper should be amended to “Patient safety contributing to sustainable universal health coverage” before submission to the Regional Committee, and the content of the working paper modified accordingly.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2015). Policy and technical topics:Patient safety contributing to sustainable universal health coverage - SEA/RC68/14 (Rev.1). World Health Organization. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/182189