Portuguese National Plan for Patient Safety 2021-2026

Ana Resendes, Maria Isabel Oliveira, Carla Pereira, Valter Fonseca

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Abstract: Patient safety is a key priority for health policies as instigated by the WHO Global Action Plan for Patient Safety. The Portuguese National Plan for Patient Safety (NPPS) 2021-2026 was published by a legal act underscored by an innovative and robust methodology to design national plans for patient safety. The Plan was developed through triangulation methodology and followed-up by an advisory body of experts. This was made through a collaborative approach with academic institutions and with participation of different stakeholders. The NPPS 2021-2026 aims to consolidate and promote safety in the provision of health care, including in new setting, such as home-care and telehealth, but without neglecting core principles, namely culture of safety, communication, reporting of safety incidents, and implementation of safety practices. Finally, it also emphasizes the need for a more integrated approach in the fields of Health and Law, for the protection of the notifier in a non-punitive reporting system of safety incidents with possible conflicting constitutional rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-16
Number of pages14
JournalMedicine and Law
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Confidentiality and Data Protection
  • Patient Safety
  • Quality in Health
  • Triangulation


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