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

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)?


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?


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


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


How does continuity of care influence patient safety?


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


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


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)?


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?


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