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Developing a national patient safety plan in Guatemala.

Publication ,  Journal Article
Lou-Meda, R; Méndez, S; Calgua, E; Orozco, M; Hall, BJ; Fahsen, N; Taicher, BM; Doty, JP; Colindres, JG; Menegazzo, CS; Rice, HE
Published in: Rev Panam Salud Publica
2019

OBJECTIVE: Patient safety is challenging for health systems around the world, particularly in low-and middleincome countries such as Guatemala. The goal of this report is to summarize a strategic planning process for a national patient safety plan in Guatemala. METHODS: This strategic planning process involved multiple stakeholders, including representatives of the Guatemala Ministry of Health and Social Assistance, medical leadership from across the public health system, and academic experts from Guatemala and the United States of America. We used mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative surveys) and a nominal group technique at a national symposium to prioritize patient safety challenges across Guatemala, and subsequent meetings to develop a national patient safety plan. RESULTS: This national patient safety plan outlines four domains to advance patient safety across the public hospital system over a five-year period in Guatemala: leadership and governance, training and awareness, safety culture, and outcome metrics. For each domain, we developed a set of goals, activities, outputs, and benchmarks to be overseen by the Ministry of Health. CONCLUSIONS: With this national patient safety plan, Guatemala has made a long-term commitment to improving patient safety across the public hospital system of Guatemala. Future efforts will require its extension to all levels of the Guatemalan health system.

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Rev Panam Salud Publica

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EISSN

1680-5348

Publication Date

2019

Volume

43

Start / End Page

e64

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Public Health
  • 4206 Public health
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
 

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Lou-Meda, R., Méndez, S., Calgua, E., Orozco, M., Hall, B. J., Fahsen, N., … Rice, H. E. (2019). Developing a national patient safety plan in Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica, 43, e64. https://doi.org/10.26633/RPSP.2019.64
Lou-Meda, Randall, Sindy Méndez, Erwin Calgua, Mónica Orozco, Bria J. Hall, Natalie Fahsen, Brad M. Taicher, et al. “Developing a national patient safety plan in Guatemala.Rev Panam Salud Publica 43 (2019): e64. https://doi.org/10.26633/RPSP.2019.64.
Lou-Meda R, Méndez S, Calgua E, Orozco M, Hall BJ, Fahsen N, et al. Developing a national patient safety plan in Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2019;43:e64.
Lou-Meda, Randall, et al. “Developing a national patient safety plan in Guatemala.Rev Panam Salud Publica, vol. 43, 2019, p. e64. Pubmed, doi:10.26633/RPSP.2019.64.
Lou-Meda R, Méndez S, Calgua E, Orozco M, Hall BJ, Fahsen N, Taicher BM, Doty JP, Colindres JG, Menegazzo CS, Rice HE. Developing a national patient safety plan in Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2019;43:e64.

Published In

Rev Panam Salud Publica

DOI

EISSN

1680-5348

Publication Date

2019

Volume

43

Start / End Page

e64

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Public Health
  • 4206 Public health
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services