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Patient safety

APPS definition of partnership

Understanding and agreeing the meaning of "partnership" is a key starting point for all organizations and individuals involved in APPS to understand its role in the development and spread of patient safety in Africa. Partnership can be interpreted in many different ways and does not have a straightforward meaning. It is typically used interchangeably with collaboration, coalition and joint working.

In the African Partnerships for Patient Safety (APPS) we have agreed the following definition as the foundation on which the programme is built:

Partnership is a collaborative relationship between two or more parties based on trust, equality and mutual understanding for the achievement of a specified goal. Partnerships involve risks as well as benefits, making shared accountability critical.

For more detailed discussion on the APPS working definition, download our brief paper: