Top 10

The Top 10 research priorities (unanswered questions) about patient safety in primary care were agreed at a workshop held on 16 March 2017, by healthcare professionals, patients and carers. 

The Top 10 were agreed as:

Priority number Unanswered question
1

How can patient safety be assured for the most vulnerable in society (e.g. people who are frail, have mental health problems or cognitive impairments)?

2

How can we make sure that the whole patient is treated, not just one condition and with mental health and physical health both being treated together?

3

How can we improve safe communication and co-ordination of care between primary and secondary care?

4

In what ways does work intensity, hours worked and staffing levels affect patient safety / near misses?

5

How does continuity of care influence patient safety?

6

How well do patients understand the information that has been conveyed to them during the consultation?

7

What can primary care do to identify and support people who may be at risk of suicide?

8

Which type of practitioner (GP, advanced nurse practitioner, practice nurse) is safest to see which types of patients (acute illnesses, acute or chronic multi-morbid)?

9

How can information within patient medical records be made available to patients and care providers in a way that protects privacy and improves safety and quality of care?

10

How can risks be mitigated to allow for safe complex care at home?

 

A paper describing the process of the Priority Setting Partnership and its findings has been published in BMJ Open. The paper can be read in full online: Identifying primary care patient safety research priorities in the UK: a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership