Patient safety

Documents

Ethical issues in Patient Safety Research - Interpreting existing guidance

Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide

Patient Safety Research: A guide for developing training programmes

WHO Patient Safety Research information booklet

WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care

Global priorities for patient safety research

  • English [pdf 1.05MB]
    Analysing and presenting priority areas for patient safety research in developing, transitional and developed countries.

WHO surgical safety checklist, Implementation manual, and WHO guidelines for safe surgery

The checklist and manual are available in 6 languages.

Guide to implementation of the WHO multimodal hand hygiene improvement strategy

This key tool provides comprehensive advice on how to develop an effective hand hygiene improvement action plan and how to use the other tools available. Revised August 2009.

WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools

The Guide aims to encourage and facilitate the teaching of patient safety topics to medical students.

Radiotherapy Risk Profile

  • English
    pdf, 686kb

    There have been increasing reports of harm to patients caused by radiotherapy worldwide over recent years. This resource sets out where in the process harm occurs and identifies standardised safety interventions that could reduce harm to patients receiving radiotherapy.

Safe Surgery Saves Lives Brochure

Advocacy document setting out the background to Safe Surgery Saves Lives.

Learning from Error

Booklet and video in 6 languages explores how multiple weaknesses present within the health-care system can lead to error and helps you gain an insight into the underlying causes of such events.

World Alliance for Patient Safety Forward Programme 2008-09

World Alliance for Patient Safety Progress Report 2006-2007

Progress Report 2006-2007

Summary of the Evidence on Patient Safety: Implications for Research

Research for Patient Safety - brochure

Research for patient safety

Forward Programme 2006-2007

A year of living less dangerously: Progress Report 2005

World Alliance for Patient Safety

World Alliance for Patient Safety

WHO Draft Guidelines for Adverse Event Reporting and Learning Systems

Report on the Informal Briefing, 58th World Health Assembly

Cover image of the WHA briefing report

About us

Sir Liam Donaldson, WHO Envoy for Patient Safety

Patient safety fact file