Safer primary care for all: a global imperative

Aziz Sheikh, Sukhmeet S Panesar, Itziar Larizgoitia, David W Bates, Liam J Donaldson

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Paradoxically, although primary care is the setting in which most care is provided, in the context of deliberations on patients' safety and reduction of the burden of iatrogenic harm, most attention has hitherto been focused on specialist care settings. Promotion of universal health coverage has recently emerged as a key priority for WHO and its member states, and provision of accessible and safe primary care is regarded as essential to meet this important international policy goal.1 The release of the deliberations from WHO's inaugural Safer Primary Care Expert Working Group2 is intended to help redress this imbalance by signifying WHO's intention to stimulate international action to support the delivery of safer primary care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e182-e183
JournalThe Lancet Global Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2013


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