Surveyors' perceptions of the impact of accreditation on patient safety in general practice

Amr Abou Elnour, Dale Ford and James A Dunbar
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01498
Published online: 2 March 2015

In reply: We appreciate Philip's interest in our article and share her concern for the efficiency of clinical risk management — 45%–76% of adverse events in primary care are avoidable.1 There have been attempts to describe near misses, errors and harm in general practice, through accreditation using well evolved Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Standards, but there is no systematic mechanism to report, analyse and prevent adverse events in general practice.

  • Amr Abou Elnour1
  • Dale Ford2
  • James A Dunbar3

  • 1 Greater Green Triangle University Department of Rural Health, Warrnambool, VIC.
  • 2 Improvement Foundation Australia, Adelaide, SA.
  • 3 Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.

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