The need to establish a national patient safety program in Brazil

Helaine Carneiro Capucho Silvia Helena De Bortoli Cassiani About the authors

The aim of the study was to promote reflection on the need to create a national incident notification system based on a brazilian patient safety program. Incidents in health care harm patients and encumber the health care system. Although a quality assessment program has been recently launched in health care institutions, the Brazilian Ministry of Health does not yet have a program which systematically assesses negative outcomes of health care. This article discusses the need to establish a national patient safety program in Brazil, aiming to promote a culture of patient safety and quality health care in the Brazilian Unified Health System.

Patient Safety; Program Evaluation; Unified Health System; Quality Assurance, Health Care


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