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Improving patient safety and quality assurance in healthcare has become the aim of many countries. This is as a result of several factors including:
the development by the public of an expectation for safety, high quality healthcare and the desire by the health system to provide same;
better understanding of the effectiveness of health care in improving patient outcomes;
a number of international studies highlighting the outcome of adverse events in the health system;
The experience in many countries of high profile adverse incidents highlighting failings at every level in the healthcare system.