Patient safety

PFPS webinar – Patient engagement in medication safety.

This webinar outlined challenges and opportunities in medication safety and how to raise awareness of medicines (from an Ugandan context). The session explained how a patient’s knowledge can contribute to patient safety, and it provided capacity building knowledge on how health professionals could empower a patient, and how a patient can empower themselves.

  • Barbara Farlow (Canada)
    Barbara’s passion to advocate for health-care improvements came as a result of inappropriate care her daughter, Annie, received leading to her death at the age of 80 days in 2005. Barbara has shared Annie’s story with audiences across Canada and has served in many advisory roles encouraging and supporting policy-makers to engage patients and families in all aspects of health care.
    Presentation slides [pdf, 2.07MB]
  • Katrine Kirk (Denmark)
    Katrine experienced a series of adverse events while receiving treatment as a lymphoma patient between 1998 – 2001. Katrine began advocating for patient empowerment and for improved communication between health professionals and patients, and she has given many talks in Denmark and internationally and has partnered with various stakeholders in efforts to improve patient safety.
    Presentation slides [pdf, 980KB]
  • Margaret Murphy (Ireland)
    Margaret’s life changed in 1999 when her 21 year old son, Kevin, died due to medical error. She sees adverse events as opportunities for learning and has used her personal experience to advocate for culture and system change. In collaboration Margaret has contributing to policy-making, standard-setting, professional regulation, education and research at local, national and international levels.
    Webinar chair
  • Nittita Prasopa-Plaizier (WHO Geneva)
    Nittita is now responsible for advocacy and civil society engagement within the WHO Patient Safety Programme. She first joined the programme in 2007, working within the research team and then managing the patient safety research small grants programme. Nittita has over 20 years’ experience in public health.
    Presentation slides [pdf, 980KB]