Errors associated with healthcare and their effects are prevented and mitigated through patient safety interventions. There is wider evidence that substantial public health harm is caused due to poor patient safety in both developed and developing nations. In the past, research in patient safety has largely been associated with developed nations. However, there has been a shift of focus to developing countries in recent years due to the global awareness of the need to enhance patient safety standards for all patients.
This article, published in the Journal of The Royal Society of Medicine, aims to discuss the contextual factors associated with patient safety through focusing on developing a systems approach to enhance the quality and safety of care in developing countries.