A conceptual framework identifying sources of risk to patient safety in primary care

Aust J Prim Health. 2012;18(3):185-9. doi: 10.1071/PY11062.


The potential risks to patient safety in a primary care setting are different than the risks to patient safety in an acute care setting. The main differences arise from the organisational structures of primary care delivery and the greater involvement of patients in their care. To account for these differences, we present the Patient Safety in Primary Care Framework to conceptualise the sources of risk to patient safety.

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Medical Errors
  • Patient Participation
  • Patient Safety*
  • Primary Health Care / economics
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Reimbursement, Incentive
  • Risk Assessment
  • Self Care / standards
  • Self Care / trends*
  • Unnecessary Procedures / adverse effects
  • Unnecessary Procedures / economics*
  • Workforce