Patient safety. Remember who it's really for

Int J Med Inform. 2004 Aug;73(7-8):547-50. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2004.05.005.


Patients appear in the patient safety agenda in three important places: first and foremost as the individual most likely to experience the positive benefits of good care or negative consequences of unsafe care; second, as surveyors of quality of care indicators; and finally, through their presence as patient representatives on institutional safety committees. However, patient safety programs largely address provider-interests, and many times overlook patient preferences and needs. Active engagement of the patient in all aspects of the patient safety agenda is necessary for its success. Patient safety, then, requires: a comprehensive agenda informed by patient preferences and experiences; an informed and motivated populace; mechanisms integrate safe practices and patient preferences, and investment in safety-enhancing devices and care strategies.

MeSH terms

  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Motivation
  • Patient Care / standards*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Safety
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*