A public health approach to patient safety reporting systems is urgently needed

Douglas J. Noble, Sukhmeet S. Panesar, Peter J. Pronovost

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Abstract

Patient safety reporting systems (PSRSs) currently operate at local, regional, and national levels within health care. This article analyzes 6 different PSRSs using a World Health Organization and public health classification system. Patient safety incidents (PSIs) are reported, analyzed, mitigated, and evaluated in a variety of different ways. This results in a reduced ability to accurately compare PSIs between different PSRSs, to monitor trends in PSIs, or to reliably translate and learn from information between any individual PSRS. By applying principles from basic public health research and infectious disease surveillance systems, these hurdles may be overcome and the full potential of PSRSs could be realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of patient safety
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • epidemiology
  • patient safety
  • public health
  • reporting systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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