The Importance of the Complex Approach towards Patient Safety and Risk Management in Healthcare Organizations

Laimutis Paškevičius

Abstract


Patients have a right to safe and high-quality health care. However, research in the field of patient safety shows that adverse events in healthcare have significant moral, social and financial costs for societies, healthcare sectors and institutions. Global changes are stimulating healthcare sector and its organizations to pay more attention to the safety and quality of health care services, introduce patient safety and risk management systems.
However, due to the lack of complex and systematic approach to the patient safety and risk management, patient safety interventions at the national (country) and local (institutional) levels are often inefficient.
The aim of the article is to highlight the importance of the complex approach toward patient safety and risk management in healthcare institutions.
Therefore, in the article the complex approach towards patient safety and risk management is presented and its importance is stressed in planning and implementing patient safety and risk management systems and instruments for health care organizations.

Keywords


patient safety; risk management; adverse event; complex approach; sociotechnical system

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