World Organization of Family Doctors

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Meeting: 
144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
6.6.1 Global action on patient safety
Statement: 

The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) welcomes the Global Action on Patient Safety report.
Half the global burden of patient harm originates in primary and ambulatory care, with as many as 4 out of 10 patients facing safety lapses in low, middle and high-income countries around the world.
Family doctors can participate in the following roles
1. Increase safety in their own clinical tasks: medication management, diagnosis management, healthcare-associated infections, unsafe minor surgery care, unsafe injections practices, and engaging patients and their families on a safe journey in health systems.
2. Increasing patient safety culture in primary care teams: family doctors are committed to quality leadership, continuous quality improvement and patient safety along with all the health professionals that form the primary care teams.
We promote :
1. Teamwork. Continuity of care along the life continuum is a valuable characteristic of primary care. Working on team-belonging and team attitudes will help reduce patient safety incidents.
2. Organizational learning from adverse events through the promotion of reporting and learning systems.
3. Safer provision of care by reducing human factors’ risks, which can lead to patient safety incidents
4. Improvement of communication in primary care teams, involving all members and the patients’ point of view to create a culture of safety.

WONCA will collaborate with WHO to share best safety practices,

WONCA will work closely with international family doctors associations to increase global awareness of patient safety at the practice and health systems levels.

WONCA will promote and support the development of appropriate policies and strategies to improve quality and safety in primary health care.