WPA Workshop: Patient Empowerment & Community Engagement in Patient Safety
WPA has held a very successful workshop on Patient Empowerment & Community Engagement in Patient Safety on 25th May 2022. The workshop was attended by a large number of patient advocates from 40 countries of the world.
Patient empowerment is a process through which patients individually and collectively have increased capacity to express their needs, present their concerns and take action to meet those needs in partnership with the healthcare providers. The Jeddah Declaration on Patient Safety highlights the significance of patient empowerment and engagement in the improvement of healthcare globally.
The objective of the workshop was to provide an introduction to the issue of patient safety and its impact on patients and health systems worldwide. It highlighted the WHO Patients for Patient Safety Program’s role in incorporating the patient, family and community voice into all levels of health care through engagement and empowerment. The workshop participants were updated on the World Patients Safety Action Plan and the role that is expected of patients in improving patient safety.
Case studies of successful patient and community engagement experiences from countries were also shared with the participants.
Hussain Jafri Founding Director, World Patients Alliance, and Patients For Patients Safety Champion
Helen Haskell President, Mothers Against Medical Error & Consumers Advancing Patient Safety
Regina N. Kamoga Board Director, World Patients Alliance, and Executive Director CHAIN, Uganda