Overview


Patient safety refers to the reduction and mitigation of unsafe acts and practices, and the use of good practices proven to lead to safer patient care.

While patients today receive more benefit from healthcare than ever before, the delivery of that care is more complex. Patients are increasingly managed in outpatient settings, they tend to be sicker on admission to hospital, and every new technology and medication brings potential for harm. Clearly, patient safety is a serious concern.

It is a privilege to practise medicine in Canada — a profession that is dedicated to helping people. As a physician, it is your ethical and professional responsibility to advocate for improvements in care.

Objectives


After completing this domain you will be able to:
  • Describe the fundamental elements of safer patient care.
  • Explain a just culture of patient safety.
  • Explain why advocating for improvements in system processes supports safer care.
  • Identify the role of the healthcare provider in providing safer patient care.
  • Describe the elements of negligence (professional civil liability in Québec).

Topics and case studies

Understanding harm

Understanding harm

How harm occurs
Just culture

Just culture

"Safer patients — every patient, every time"
Systems

Systems

Systems thinking for safer care
Accountability

Accountability

Being professionally responsible
Governance

Governance

Regulation in healthcare
Legal liability

Legal liability

When harm from healthcare delivery occurs
Quick answers

Quick answers

Questions from our physician members
Test yourself

Test yourself

Check your knowledge
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