Patient safety

Methods & measures in patient safety research

Identifying methods and measures for assessing patient safety in different settings, and providing resources for conducting research.

The focus of the work is on clarifying the methods and measures necessary to advance the knowledge around patient safety issues particularly in developing and transitional countries; and to respond to new and as yet unmet research questions, such as the role of reporting by health workers and the potential use of electronic data collection systems for the identification of adverse events.

  • Human factors
    Environmental, organizational and job factors which together with human and individual characteristics influence behavior at work in a way which can affect health and safety.

Other areas of work

  • Safer Primary Care
    Reflect and prioritise the key knowledge gaps and challenges that surround the safety of primary care
  • Reporting & Learning
    WHO Draft Guidelines for Adverse Event Reporting and Learning Systems to improve the safety of patient care.

Contact us

To contact the research team, please email psresearch@who.int