Patient Solidarity Day, 3 December

3 December, 2021

Extracts below and a comment from me. Read online:


On Friday 3rd December 2021, health stakeholders from all over the world will stand together, united in celebration of Patient Solidarity Day (PSD). This will be the ninth year running that we have joined hands to mark the Day...

PSD 2021 theme, ‘Patients Co-creating Safe Healthcare’, will allow us to rally around a key tenet of IAPO’s Patient-centred Healthcare Declaration that patients must be able to participate, to their level of ability and preference, as a partner in making healthcare decisions that affect their lives...

What are the key messages to advocate for PSD 2021?

1. No one should be harmed in healthcare and every patient should receive safe and respectful care, every time, everywhere.

2. Make zero avoidable harm to patients a state of mind and a rule of engagement in the planning and delivery of healthcare everywhere.

3. Engage patients, families and civil society organizations in co-development of policies, plans, strategies, programmes and guidelines to make healthcare safer (Strategic objective 4.1 from GPSAP 21- 30).

4. Learn from the experience of patients and families exposed to unsafe care to improve understanding of the nature of harm and foster the development of more effective solutions (Strategic objective 4.2 from GPSAP 21- 30).

5. Build the capacity of patient advocates and champions in patient safety (Strategic objective 4.3 from GPSAP 21- 30).

6. Establish the principle and practice of openness and transparency throughout health care, including through patient safety incident disclosure to patients and families (Strategic objective 4.4 from GPSAP 21- 30).

7. Provide information and education to patients and families for their involvement in self-care and empower them for shared decision-making (Strategic objective 4.5 from GPSAP 21- 30).


COMMENT (NPW): As in almost every aspect of health care, all of the above are only possible when patients and providers have access to reliable healthcare information in a language they can understand and apply. HIFA looks forward to welcome more patient representatives so that we can work together to empower patients and providers with the information they need to deliver safe and effective care.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator,