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

Roy Ilan1* and Yoel Donchin2

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Medicine and Critical Care Program, Queen's University, Kingston General Hospital, Etherington Hall, Room 1005, 94 Stuart Street, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6, Canada

2 Hadassah Hebrew University Medical School, PO Box 12007, Jerusalem, 91120, Israel

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Israel Journal of Health Policy Research 2012, 1:19  doi:10.1186/2045-4015-1-19

Published: 23 May 2012


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.

Safety; Quality Improvement; National Health Policy