Patient safety

WHO Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide

World Health Organization

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 272
Publication date: 2011
Languages: Chinese, Czech, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Spanish
ISBN: 9789241501958



The Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide (2011) was developed to assist in the teaching of patient safety in universities and schools in the fields of dentistry, medicine, midwifery, nursing and pharmacy. It also supports the on-going training of all health care professionals.

The Curriculum Guide is comprised of two parts. Part A is a teachers’ guide designed to introduce patient safety concepts to educators. It relates to building capacity for patient safety education, programme planning and design of the courses. Part B provides all-inclusive, ready-to-teach, topic-based patient safety courses that can be used as a whole, or on a per topic basis. There are 11 patient safety topics, each designed to feature a variety of ideas and methods for patient safety learning. Universities are encouraged to start with Part A which provides comprehensive advice on how to introduce and build patient safety courses.

Additional resources

For getting started with the guide, promotional materials, adaptation and implementation advice, teaching resources, click the link below:


The evaluation of the Multi-professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide took place in 12 pilot sites and numerous complementary test sites from January to December 2012.

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