Patient safety

The simplest definition of patient safety is the prevention of errors and adverse effects to patients associated with health care. While health care has become more effective it has also become more complex, with greater use of new technologies, medicines and treatments. Health services treat older and sicker patients who often present with significant co-morbidities requiring more and more difficult decisions as to health care priorities. Increasing economic pressure on health systems often leads to overloaded health care environments.

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Breathe in the knowledge: Hungary seeks to integrate services for patients with COPD

On the occasion of the COPD World Day events, under the slogan Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease “Breathe in the knowledge”, Hungary’s National Koranyi Institute of TB and Pulmonology called for patients, practitioners, health managers and policy-makers to raise awareness, improve population health literacy and adopt a person-centred approach for integrated COPD services.

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