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Patients for Patient Safety Canada LogoHow much do Canadians know about patient safety and patient harm? How many people have experienced harm from healthcare? Is patient safety a priority? Should it be?

Do you want to know about patient harm in our healthcare system? Studies show that, as soon as you know the scale of the patient safety crisis, you WILL want to know more about it.

Learn the answers to these questions and gain a better understanding of the real-life experiences of patients and physicians faced with patient harm in the system that is supposed to keep you safe. Learn about resources to help keep you safer and empower you to engage in safer healthcare.

Here's a peek into what we learned:

  • 1 in 3 Canadians stated that they either personally experienced a patient safety incident or have a loved one who did.
  • Misdiagnosis, falls, infections and mistakes during treatment are the most common types of patient safety incidents.

Patient safety affects all of us. Scroll down to access some of the resources available to help improve our healthcare safety.


(Available in English only)


  • Allison Kooijman - Co-chair, Patients for Patient Safety Canada
  • John Maxted - MD, MBA, Assoc Prof, University of Toronto
  • Christopher Thrall – Communications Officer, Canadian Patient Safety Institute
  • Angie Hamson – Patients for Patient Safety Canada
  • Moderator: Theresa Malloy-Miller, Patients for Patient Safety Canada  

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