​Research​

The Centre for Patient Safety aims to establish a multi-disciplinary research capacity, under which initial studies to scientifically assess the issues of patient safety and quality of care in low-middle income countries (LMIC) will be conducted which are expected to include: 

  • A systematic review of the burden of preventable harm in LMIC healthcare settings

  • ​A patient and family directed survey to estimate the burden of healthcare-acquired harm 

The Centre also plans to develop contextually relevant mixed-methods assessment approach for estimating preventable harm at AKUH. The assessment approach will be validated and then utilized to assess the burden at a local and international level.​


Academics

Medical errors in the healthcare environment are common and continue to be a global public health threat. Such a dilemma gives rise to the need of educating clinicians on how to improve patient safety without compromising on the quality of care.

With that in mind, the Centre for Patient Safety at Aga Khan University Medical College for the first time in Pakistan has introduced a course for 3rd Year MBBS students with the name of “Quality and Patient Safety” that aims to prevent and reduce risks, medical errors, and healthcare-associated complications.

The 5-day Programme is focused to enrich the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver safer care while also providing a deep understanding of the causes of medical errors and their prevention.

Delivered by our highly skilled faculty at AKU and the world’s renowned Johns Hopkins University, the course is divided into didactic lectures and in-person simulations. The first half of the session covers key topics regarding patient safety whereas the second half of the session involves case studies and group discussions that enable the students to share knowledge and analyze their skills, which then leads to better decision making in complex situations.

With this course, the students will also develop a systematic view of quality and patient safety and they will learn strategies to reduce barriers in error reporting, effective disclosure as well as teamwork enhancement. The course also employs pre and post-tests which allows the students to assess their knowledge before and after taking the course.

This course is rated as an eye-opening experience by our students which led to a substantial increase in their analytical knowledge. ​​​

The Centre has also received "The Collaborative Teaching Award" in recognition of their effort at introducing an innovative and significant course that will help the medical students improve safety, quality, efficiency, and satisfaction for patients at every level.​


​Advocacy

Medical errors in healthcare settings can have serious consequences, which gives rise to the need to take steps, focused on the prevention of harm to the patients. 

Hence, to promote a patient safety culture in Pakistan, AKU's Centre for Patient Safety has been engaging with local, provincial, national, and international policymakers and agencies like World Health Organization to make quality and patient safety a national priority.​