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Patient safety – standard in education for quality health care

Iva Lončarić orcid id ; University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Department of Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Devices, Zagreb, Croatia

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The quality of health care and patient safety are part of professional ethics of health care professionals. Health care is carried out according to the biopsychosocial model in which patient safety and the concept of putting the patient at the centre are the priorities for the system, not only considering the medical, but also the socioeconomic aspects. Patient safety is a multidimensional standard of health care quality. Subject to changes in its multidimensionality, patient safety is an area that requires understanding, monitoring and development. Standards of quality health care are clearly defined, as well as their method of application. However, health care organizations’ culture is not fully developed, which also affects patient safety, i.e. the most
reliable measure of the health care system quality. For patient safety, financial support is not always required, but above all health workers’ commitment to the health care process, since they are the ones who have necessary knowledge and skills in the field of patient safety. Formal education of health professionals is important for the establishment and sustainability of patient safety culture, while the level of its effectiveness and/or efficiency is a reflected in the quality of health care. In addition to the continuous quality improvement, education is inherent and it must be in line with the needs of the health care system.


quality health care, patient safety, education

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