Patient Safety Mandatory Reporting Legislation and Outcomes

Rapid Review 19

Miligan C., Allin S., Farr M., Farmanova E., Peckham A., Baker R., & Marchildon G.

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Patient safety in the hospital setting is a major public health challenge. Mandatory reporting legislation is key to gathering information about – and learning from – patient safety incidents. This Rapid Review highlights a gap between the gathering of patient safety data and the ability of regulators, professionals, and other stakeholders to learn from such data to prevent future harm. We provide an assessment of patient safety monitoring across Canadian jurisdictions and conclude by offering five workable proposals to improve the governance and utilization of patient safety data to best protect patients.