Patients for Patient Safety
Patients for Patient Safety (PFPS) is a programme that brings together patients, providers, policy-makers and those effected by harm, who are dedicated to improving health-care safety through advocacy, collaboration and partnership. Millions of patients around the world are suffering every year due to preventable harm in health care and PFPS believes that safety will be improved if patients are placed at the centre of care and included as full partners.
"A world in which patients are treated as partners in efforts to prevent all avoidable harm in healthcare. PFPS calls for honesty, openness and transparency, and aims to make the reduction of healthcare errors a basic human right that preserves life around the world" (London Declaration, 2005).
PFPS at the World Health Assembly
On 23 May 2013, at the 66th World Health Assembly, a session on patient engagement in medication safety was held, hosted by the Government of Australia and the International Alliance of Patients Organizations, in collaboration with the WHO Patient Safety Programme (through PFPS).
Unsafe use of medication is a major issue in health care across the globe, harming millions of patients and costing billions of dollars to health-care systems. A global concerted effort is needed to address medication safety and it needs the involvement of all health-care stakeholders, including patients.
This meeting brought together global health-care stakeholders including a number of PFPS advocates. The session raised awareness about the importance of patient engagement and empowerment in improving medication safety and to serve as a call to action to promote patient and family engagement in this area.
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