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Mr. John Balidawa

Jinja District Health Services

Country:   Uganda

Masters in Hospital Management

Conference Attended:  
3rd International Scientific E-Conference 2016

Video Presention:  

Best Paper Award, Gold

Mr. John Balidawa

Theme of Conference:   The Power of Academic Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy

Article Topic:   Patient Safety Culture of Iganga, Kamuli Mission and Kakira Hospitals of South Eastern Uganda

Patient safety is one of the dimensions of quality of care and it is defined as the absence of avoidable harm to patients during the process of health care (Carmen, n.d.). The international classification for patient safety defines patient safety as “The reduction of risk of unnecessary harm associated with health care to an acceptable minimum” (WHO, 2009a p133).

The Department of Health Expert Group in June 2000 estimated that over 850,000 incidents used to harm hospitalized patients in the United Kingdom alone each year, (Department of Health Expert Group, 2000). In 2004, the Canadian Adverse Events Study found that adverse events occurred in more than 7% of hospital admissions, (Ross B et al, 2004). Such reports have led the World Health Organization to estimate that one in ten persons receiving health care suffer a preventable harm (WHO, n.d.a).

Patient safety involves all aspects related to provision of harmless healthcare to patients such as avoidance of medical errors, incident reporting, adherence to standard guidelines, policies and procedures for patient safety, adequate training of staff, effective communication structures, and patient safety monitoring and evaluation.

Quality assurance in the health sector in Uganda started recently in 1994 as the quality assurance program, which was created to support health service delivery in a decentralized system. The Uganda Ministry of Health supported the Yellow Star Program as a major quality management intervention, which focused on minimum service standards for a range of Primary Health Care services. However, there is a relatively little experience in measuring patient safety culture and improvement in the Ugandan healthcare system.