15-16 June 2017
3rd Heidelberg Quality Improvement Forum for Health:
How to fit patient safety into QI mechanisms?
While Patient Safety is universally recognised as a key theme in advancing health care systems, it is yet to be integrated into a broader spectrum of topics and methods addressing health care systems as a whole. The 3rd Heidelberg QI Forum for Health, which took place from 15 to 16 June 2017 shared and critically appraised strategies, best practices, and evidence-based tools to understand and tackle common patient safety challenges as elements of systematic and data-guided mechanisms referred to as Quality Improvement.
More specifically, the Forum focused on Quality Improvement mechanisms in Low and Middle Income Countries and determined if these mechanisms reflect Patient Safety issues, if there is a demand in formulating and reformulating certain standards to actually reflect these issues, addressed the challenges of using Patient Safety data for health system strengthening and, finally, explored hidden Patient Safety issues related to culture, gender, ethnicity and marginalisation. On the first day of the forum participants were asked to join a group around four key areas:
(i) Rigor, attribution, and generalisability of quality and safety data for health system strengthening;
(ii) What are hidden patient safety issues related to culture, gender, ethnicity and marginalisation?;
(iii) Do current quality improvement mechanisms reflect patient safety?; and
(iv) How can health care standards be (re-)formulated to reflect patient safety needs in different health systems?
The groups then rotated on the second day of the forum. Thus, every QI Forum attendee participated in two different groups by the end of the second day. Each group had a designated moderator and subject matter experts. After each group session, the principal statements and findings were collated and documented; specific recommendations for each key area were crafted by the group moderator(s). The key messages and statements, produced during the two-day Forum, can be found here.