The Global Patient Safety Action Plan was formally adopted at the World Health Assembly on 28 May 2021. It provides a 10-year roadmap and actions to work towards its vision of a world in which no one is harmed in healthcare and every patient receives safe and respectful care.
This report provides a snapshot of progress made in achieving the strategic objectives and strategies of the global action plan based on the WHO Member State survey coordinated by the secretariat. This interim report will be replaced by a final Global Patient Safety Report 2023 later in the year.
The findings of this report are based on the results of an online survey designed to assess member-state progress in implementing the strategic framework of the Global Patient Safety Action Plan. Based on survey responses from 102 countries at 13 April 2023, some key findings from this include:
- 27% of countries that have developed a national patient safety action plan or equivalent
- 13% of countries that have a patient representative on the governing board (or an equivalent mechanism) in 60% or more hospitals
- 18% of countries that publish an annual report on patient safety
- 36% of countries that have implemented a system for reporting of never events (or sentinel events)
- 20% of countries that have incorporated a patient safety curriculum in education programmes or courses for health care professionals
- 31% of countries that have established their national targets on reducing health care-associated infection rate
- 18% of countries that have signed up for implementation of the WHO Health Worker Safety Charter
- 22% of countries that have established a national patient safety network
- 18% of countries that have established their national targets on reducing medication related harm
- 31% of countries that have 60% or more health care facilities participating in a patient safety incident reporting and learning system