Systematic development of patient safety is considered necessary
internationally and in Finland. Insufficient quality of care causes suffering
and incurs costs. It has been estimated that hundreds of people die every year
in Finland because of harm caused by medical care. New health care law and the
patient safety strategy created by Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
obligate organizations to be active in patient safety work. In first stages of
patient safety development, emphasis has been on the actions of individual
professionals and in modifying immediate preconditions of their work (e.g.
improvement of hospital hygiene, development of medication dispensation
practices, implementation of surgical checklists). Besides this, it is
essential that patient safety is understood as a characteristic of the whole
system and as a matter of management. In health care there is little expertise
on safety management when compared to other safety critical domains (e.g.
nuclear power industry, aviation), where a lot of effort has traditionally
been devoted to systematic management of safety.There is a shortage of
expertise on patient safety management and of functional, research based
practices and tools.
The goals of the project are to
- develop an innovative model for patient safety management, that is
client-centred and takes into consideration the complexity of the health care
organizational network, continuity of care and the well-being of the personnel
- develop tools that support patient involvement in the process of care,
organizational learning, proactive risk assessment and development of overall
- promote distribution of good practices in patient safety management in
- promote development of innovative services and products in relation to
patient safety management.