Patient safety in the care of mentally ill people in Switzerland: Action plan 2016

Richard, Aline; Mascherek, Anna; Schwappach, David (2017). Patient safety in the care of mentally ill people in Switzerland: Action plan 2016. Pflege - die wissenschaftliche Zeitschrift für Pflegeberufe, 30(6), pp. 357-364. H. Huber 10.1024/1012-5302/a000561

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Background: Patient safety in mental healthcare has not attracted great attention yet, although the burden and the prevalence of mental diseases are high. The risk of errors with potential for harm of patients, such as aggression against self and others or non-drug treatment errors is particularly high in this vulnerable group.

Aim: To develop priority topics and strategies for action to foster patient safety in mental healthcare.

Method: The Swiss patient safety foundation together with experts conducted round table discussions and a Delphi questionnaire to define topics along the treatment pathway, and to prioritise these topics. Finally, fields of action were developed. Results: An action plan was developed including the definition and prioritization of 9 topics where errors may occur. A global rating task revealed errors concerning diagnostics and structural errors as most important. This led to the development of 4 fields of action (awareness raising, research, implementation, and education and training) including practice-oriented potential starting points to enhance patient safety.

Conclusions: The action plan highlights issues of high concern for patient safety in mental healthcare. It serves as a starting point for the development of strategies for action as well as of concrete activities.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM)

UniBE Contributor:

Schwappach, David


600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services




H. Huber




Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

08 Aug 2017 10:20

Last Modified:

22 Oct 2019 22:43

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Aktionsplan; Patientensicherheit; Psychiatrie; Schweiz; Switzerland; action plan; patient safety; psychiatry




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