World Organization of Family Doctors

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- Global action on patient safety

Since 2002 the global need for quality of care and patient safety have evolved from recognizing patient safety as one of the most important components of health care delivery, to becoming a right for citizens which is essential to achieving universal health coverage. This is of particular concern to family doctors who are first point of contact with patients within the health system in many countries. Failures in primary care contribute to the burden of unsafe healthcare globally.

WONCA is committed to collaborating with the Global Patient Safety Network through the WONCA Working Party on Quality and Safety (@WONCA_QSafety), to share experience and knowledge and promote collaboration between family doctors and other stakeholders. There are gaps in national patient safety policies, gaps in patient-focused systems, a lack of research to understand latent failures, and communication gaps among the healthcare providers.

Being aware of the weaknesses, we are ready to address solutions. WONCA Working Parties and Special Interest Groups are working closely with WHO on safer use of medications, on developing a patient safety curriculum for primary care providers, improving diagnostic procedures, improving care in mental health, developing an accreditation programme and advocating for policy regulations at national level to promote a system approach to learn from adverse events and prevent them.