The Luxembourg and UK Council of Ministers Presidencies in 2005 created a consensus for action in Europe on patient safety. National ministries of health are engaged through the European Commission-coordinated High Level Group on Health Services and Medic al Care. The World Alliance for Patient Safety, established by the World Health Organisation, brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including patient organisations, professionals and industry as well as public bodies. We propose a conference, PATIENT SAFETY: Research into Practice, to be a focal point for promoting and disseminating research and international action, strengthening broad-based initiatives and proposing evidence-based standards for practice. The conference will be led by the UK Faculty of Public Health and University College London, working with the World Alliance for Patient Safety.
In the setting-up period, the conference parameters, its timing and place, expected numbers and broad themes, will be confirmed. There will be a Call for Papers, to be presented in parallel sessions, a high-quality plenary programme and an active communications strategy to international media. Outputs will include discussion of new measurement methods, instruments and research designs, and exchange of experience on patient safety research between international organisations and dissemination of new approaches. Furthermore, the conference will provide a unique opportunity to build upon the current work of the WHO in setting global research priorities, with the adaptation of research priorities to the European context.
PATIENT SAFETY: Research in to Practice will serve the international agenda of the World Alliance, the agenda of EU member and associated states, and the interests of OECD and the Council of Europe. The conference will have significant benefits to patients, practitioners and researchers, and contribute to improvements in quality of health care and citizen health.
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