Advisory council for research
An array of international experts, representing the main areas of patient safety and global health research, sets governing principles and organizes research activities
WHO Patient Safety established the Advisory Council for Research on 3 April 2006, in order to provide strategic guidance for the research programme. At its first meeting, the Council decided to focus on maximizing the effectiveness of health care and on minimizing preventable deaths. Dual emphasis is placed on global issues such as implementing hand hygiene measures in health care settings, and on specific projects at the country level.
The Council is chaired by Dr Carolyn Clancy, director of the USA Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ). Its approximately twenty members represent top institutions responsible for research commissioning, research management and policy, and the dissemination of results. The Council meets at least once annually, to review research activities and approve future actions and financial plans.
The 2007 meeting of the Council took place on 1 May, and was hosted by Dr C. Clancy at the headquarters of the AHRQ in Rockville, Maryland (USA).
The 2008 meeting of the Council took place on 24 June at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA).