Creating patient safety capacity in a nation's health system: A comparison between Israel and Canada

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Injuries to patients by the healthcare system (i.e., adverse events) are common and their impact on individuals and systems is considerable. Over the last decade, extensive efforts have been made worldwide to improve patient safety. Given the complexity and extent of the activities required to address the issue, coordinating and organizing them at a national level is likely beneficial. Whereas some capacity and expertise already exist in Israel, there is a considerable gap that needs to be filled. In this paper two countries, Canada and Israel, are examined and some of the essential steps for any country are considered. Possible immediate next steps for Israel are suggested.




Ilan, R., & Donchin, Y. (2012). Creating patient safety capacity in a nation’s health system: A comparison between Israel and Canada. Israel Journal of Health Policy Research, 1(1).

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