Patientsafety is an important element of health care and can be defined as freedom fora patient of unnecessary harm or potential harm related to health care.
Everyyear, a number of patients suffer injuries or die because of unsafe and poorquality health care. Most of these injuries are avoidable. Thechallenges to patient safety in health care are lack of safety culture andattitudes that overlook basic safety rules for both the patient as well as thehealthcare professional. Healthcare professionals are reluctant to report ortalk about adverse events and medical errors for fear of blaming, embarrassment,punishment. Moreover, there is underreporting of adverse events and medicalerror. The WorldHealth Organization (WHO) has strategies for safer health care by placing thepatient at the centre through developing guidelines and tools, and buildingcapacity. The patient safety education program was established in 2009 tosupport the education and training of medical professionals and students inquality improvements and patient safety.
Medicalstudents are the future medical care providers and they need to understand howsystems affect the quality and safety of health care and must preparethemselves to practice care safely. The World Health Organization (WHO) hasdeveloped a Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for medical students to help themmeet this future challenge. The medical patient safety curriculum guide buildspatient safety knowledge and capacity to practice safely.
In Indonesia,curriculum on patient safety has implemented on 18 medical faculties since 2012according to the WHO Standard. Even tough, curriculum on patient safetyfor other healthcare professionals has not developed yet. There were also aguide how to integrate patient safety into medical school curriculum. It willenable and encourage medical school to include patient safety in their course. However,very few studies have been investigated of undergraduate medical studentattitude to patient safety. The purpose of this study was to assessundergraduate medical students’ attitudes to patient safety issue and theirinterest in education related to patient safety.