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World Health Organization Launch Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide - Manila, the Philippines - 19 October 2011
by IAPO at 4:08PM Tuesday 08 November 2011 (News)
The regional launch of a new patient safety curriculum guide took place in Manila on 19 October.  The Patient Safety Curriculum Guide is important as it is a multi-professional approach to patient safety with relevance in the fields of dentistry, medicine, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy.  The guide also includes important information on how to engage with patients and carers.  Patient groups can use it as a tool to advocate for patient safety education which includes engaging with patients as part of a patient-centred approach to healthcare.  

As the guide states, "Research has shown that there are fewer errors and better treatment outcomes when there is good communication between patients and their health-care providers, and when patients are fully informed and educated about their medications. Poor communication between health-care professionals, patients and their carers has also emerged as a common reason for patients taking legal action against health-care providers."

Margaret Murphy, External Lead, Patients for Patient Safety Programme writes in the forward of the Guide, "Formally embedding the patient perspective into health-care education is key to patient safety, sustainable culture change and health-care improvement. Research conducted at the University of British Columbia in Canada highlights that “Students remember what they learn from patients. The authentic and autonomous patient’s voice promotes the learning of patient-centred care”."

Prior to the launch, on 18 October, the World Health Organization (WHO) held a media forum which included a panel discussion with Jo Groves, IAPO CEO, Dr Soe Nyunt-U, WHO Representative, WHO Country Office (Philippines), Dr Agnes Leotsakos, Technical Officer, WHO Patient Safety Programme and Dr Armand Crisostomo, Chair, Committee on Quality Assurance and Patient Safety, Philippine College of Surgeons.

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