Patient safety

Expert consultation on Setting Priorities for Global Patient Safety

26-28 September 2016 in Florence, Italy

The first Global Consultation “Setting Priorities for Global Patient Safety” was organized in collaboration with the Centre for Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety in Florence, Italy, a newly designated WHO Collaborating Centre in Human Factors and Communication for the Delivery of Safe and Quality Care.

The aim of the consultation was to cultivate a global expert think tank to deliberate and identify key challenges, new directions and hot topics in an effort to prioritize future actions for global patient safety over the next 5-10 years.

Around 140 participants from 30 countries attended, which included international experts, academic leaders, senior officials, policy makers, national patient safety focal points and programme leads from ministries of health, representatives from international and inter-governmental organizations, leaders of healthcare organizations, researchers in safety, implementation sciences and technology, experts from aviation and bio-robotics field and leaders from accreditation and professional organizations.

Delegates were offered the opportunity to take part in the “My Patient Safety Podcast” to share their ongoing contributions, key recommendations and personal commitments to improving patient safety in their respective organizations.

The event was hailed as a watershed for patient safety, advancing global thinking, informing leaders, setting standards and helping set a new strategic direction for WHO and its global partners.