Global research priorities to better understand the burden of iatrogenic harm in primary care: an international Delphi exercise

PLoS Med. 2013 Nov;10(11):e1001554. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1001554. Epub 2013 Nov 19.


Using a modified Delphi exercise, Aziz Sheikh and colleagues identify research priorities for patient safety research in primary care contexts. Please see later in the article for the Editors' Summary.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cost of Illness*
  • Delphi Technique
  • Humans
  • Iatrogenic Disease / prevention & control*
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control*
  • Patient Safety*
  • Primary Health Care / standards*
  • Research*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires

Grants and funding

The meeting at which the data were collected was hosted by the Patient Safety Programme of WHO, Geneva, Switzerland. Limited resources were offered in some cases to cover travel expenses. Most participants or their affiliated institutions supported their own travel and attendance, with the University of Edinburgh, the Linnaeus Group Corporation, the Gulf Council Cooperation of States, and the PharmAccess Foundation sponsoring travel of various other participants. The University of Edinburgh was commissioned by WHO to support managing the meeting and providing the evidence base for the deliberations. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. AS is supported by The Commonwealth Fund, a private independent foundation based in New York City. The views presented here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of The Commonwealth Fund, its directors, officers, or staff.