Risk Management and Patient Safety


Learning outcomes of the curricular unit 

The curricular unit aims to give an understanding of the Risk Management and Patient Safety in Health Care organizations and to provide knowledge about its causes underlying and implications for patients, for organizations and for health professionals.

It is intended that the students are able:

To recognize the importance of patient safety and risk management aspects as an integral component of quality health care;

To understand the importance of analyzing the causes that underlie the occurrence of adverse events;

To interpret the issues of patient safety in a systemic and integrated approach;

To use risk management methodologies/tools;

To know and correlate the key concepts related to risk assessment and management in patient safety. 

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paulo Jorge dos Santos Sousa


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 28

Teaching language



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SOUSA P; UVA, AS; SERRANHEIRA, F. Segurança do doente e gestão do

risco clínico.. In Ricos, Segurança e Sustentabilidade. C. Guedes; A.P. Teixeira; (edts). Edições Salamandra, Lisboa 2012, ISBN 978-972-689-2472.

LEE, A. MILLS, PD; NEILY, J; HEMPHIIL RR. Root cause analysis of serious adverse events among older patients in the Veterans Health Administration. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2014; 40: 253-262.

URBACH, D. et al. Introduction of Surgical Safety Checklists in Ontario,

Canada. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:1029-1038

Teaching method

Teaching methodologies (including evaluation) 

Lecture method (theoretical)

Analysis and discussion of real situations/cases

Evaluation: continuous and attendance (15%); individual final evaluation (50%); group work (35%).   

Evaluation method

Available soon

Subject matter


Fundamentals of Risk Management and Patient Safety: Factors influencing the occurrence of adverse events.

Health Quality and Patient Safety: Dimensions of quality in health; accreditation and management of information systems.

Policies and strategies for Patient Safety. - Clinical error and medication error.

Legal framework for patient safety: ethical and legal issues.

The management of organizations and patient safety: patient safety culture; Models organizational risk management.

Human Factors and hospital patient safety: Work analysis and ergonomic intervention; Ergonomics and quality and safety in health systems.

Health Communication and patient safety.