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How to Improve Patient Safety in Primary Care in Europe

The University of Manchester, UK | 19-20 October 2010

A series of presentations on the importance of safety in primary care, safety culture, diagnostic error and the epidemiology and prevention of medication error.

In October 2010 we held a conference on patient safety for primary care clinicians (GPs, nurses, pharmacists and professions allied to medicine) from EU member states. Our task was to introduce key concepts in patient safety to clinicians who had little knowledge or experience of patient safety in primary care. We wanted to explain why patient safety was important in the primary care context, what we meant by safety culture and how it could be measured, the importance of diagnostic error and the epidemiology and prevention of medication error. We recorded the talks and presentations which were given by leading experts and hope that they can be now be used a resource by people who could not attend the conference but who are keen to develop initiatives related to patient safety in primary care in their own countries. The aim of the LINNEAUS collaboration is to increase knowledge and develop practical action to improve patient safety and we hope that these presentations will be an important resource for clinicians and researchers.

A Charter for Action

Video Presentations during the Conference