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Type: Journal article
Title: Lessons from the Australian Patient Safety Foundation: setting up a national patient safety surveillance system - is this the right model?
Author: Runciman, W.
Citation: Quality and Safety in Health Care, 2002; 11(3):246-251
Publisher: British Med Journal Publ Group
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 1475-3898
1475-3901
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W.B. Runciman
Abstract: The evolution of the concepts and processes underpinning the Australian Patient Safety Foundation's systems over the last 15 years are traced. An ideal system should have the following attributes: an independent organisation to coordinate patient safety surveillance; agreed frameworks for patient safety and surveillance systems; common, agreed standards and terminology; a single, clinically useful classification for things that go wrong in health care; a national repository for information covering all of health care from all available sources; mechanisms for setting priorities at local, national and international levels; a just system which caters for the rights of patients, society, and healthcare practitioners and facilities; separate processes for accountability and "systems learnings"; the right to anonymity and legal privilege for reporters; systems for rapid feedback and evidence of action; mechanisms for involving and informing all stakeholders. There are powerful reasons for establishing national systems, for aligning terminology, tools and classification systems internationally, and for rapid dissemination of successful strategies.
Keywords: Humans; Sentinel Surveillance; Safety Management; Models, Organizational; International Cooperation; Social Responsibility; Medical Errors; Risk Management; Foundations; Health Priorities; Delivery of Health Care; Medical Audit; Australia
Description: COPYRIGHT 2002 British Medical Association
RMID: 0020020566
DOI: 10.1136/qhc.11.3.246
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