• Unresolved Challenges in Patient Safety: Finding a Way Forward

    Participants discuss ideas to improve patient safety in ophthalmology at an AAO symposium titled "Unresolved Challenges in Patient Safety: Finding a Way Forward".


    Despite advances in health care, reducing medical error in the clinic and operating theater remains a worldwide challenge. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has been at the forefront of global efforts to address this by promoting a culture of safety in ophthalmology.

    In recent years, the Academy organized symposia on patient safety at Academy and supranational meetings, including the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO), the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO), and the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE). The Academy has also collaborated with several organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO), the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) to gather resources on patient safety for ophthalmologists to use in their practice.

    The Academy hosted a symposium at AAO 2017 titled “Unresolved Challenges in Patient Safety: Finding a Way Forward.” This symposium, attended by more than 60 ophthalmologists from around the world, featured seven 5-minute presentations by ophthalmic leaders, followed by roundtable discussions.

    The leaders of the discussion groups presented a summary of their recommendations. This white paper is a result of that symposium, and it includes main points from the presentations and a summary of next steps to improve patient safety in ophthalmology.

    Printable Report (PDF, 924KB)