WONCA Working Party: Quality & Safety

Quality & Safety

Quality in healthcare and safe care mean best health outcomes that are possible, given the available circumstances and resources consistent with patient centred care. Our vision is that the provision of quality healthcare in a safe environment should be universally available to all peoples.

the group meets in 2018

Convenor / Chair

Prof Maria-Pilar Astier-Peña

Prof Astier-Peña works as a family doctor in a rural health centre (Centro de Salud Tauste, Zaragoza, Spain).  She is also professor at the University of Zaragoza and belongs to the Medical Ethics and Professionalism Unit. She teaches medical students on improving clinical reasoning as a strategy to reduce diagnostic errors and improve professionalism. Her research focus is about patient safety in primary care. She has been the chair of the patient safety working group of the Spanish Society for Family and Community Medicine (SEMFYC) since 2012.

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Co-Convenor or other office bearers


José Miguel Bueno Ortiz (Spain)  -
pictured at right with Pilar Astier (chair of the Working Party) at the 2017 EQUIP conference n Dublin.

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IT Officer

Alexandrre Gouveia (Portugal)
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Executive Members

Alexandre Gouveia, Portugal
Almoutaz Alkhier Ahmed Abdulrhman, Sudan
Aziz Khan Tank, Pakistan
Brenda Lovell, Canada
Bruce Sparks, South Africa
Charisse Marie Tayao, Philippines
Cheryl Levitt, Canada
Daniel Thuraiappah, Malaysia
Diane Parker, United Kingdom
Ioanna Tsiligianni, Greece
Javier Dominguez, Mexico
Jeffrey Markuns, USA
Jerry Sayre, USA
José Miguel Bueno Ortiz, Spain
Maria Pilar Astier Peña, Spain
Marinela Leka, Albania
Matie Obazee, Nigeria
Olayinka Ayangkobe, Nigeria
Paresh Dawda, Australia
Raúl Urquiza, Argentina
Sivashanmuganathan Sagathavan, Malaysia
Sonia Roache-Barker, Trinidad & Tobago
Tin Myo Han, Myanmar
Tina Eriksson, Denmark

Vision and Mission of WONCA Working Party on Quality & Safety

The World WONCA Working Party on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine will support family doctors (family physicians/general practitioners) around the world in their efforts to review systematically and improve continuously the quality of health care they provide in a safe environment as follows:

Statement of principles of the WONCA Working Party on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine

  1. To provide quality and safety tools to all healthcare providers with regard to the structures of environment, the care processes and outcomes of health,
  2. To provide more educational activities for residents and general practitioners on quality improvement and safety in and at regional and research meetings,
  3. To share information on quality and safety improvement programs between our countries,
  4. To identify patient based indicators to include clinical, organisational and patient satisfaction to measure quality and safety of care,
  5. To develop a repository of programs in WONCA to make available a continent based platform to bench mark programs from different countries.

Prague Statement 2013

Objectives of the WONCA Working Party on Quality & Safety

Publications & Documents


WHO decade for Patient Safety group photo- February 2020.
Documents related to WHO Global Consultation - A Decade of Patient Safety 2020-2030, are available here.

The WONCA Working Party on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine(WWPQSFM) will:

  • Establish across the world, regional networks of family doctors interested in quality safety in family medicine.
  • Facilitate the exchange of ideas through conferences, reports, communication and through collaborative research,
  • Increase the capacity of those involved in quality and safety in healthcare,
  • Develop a leadership for quality and safety in family medicine;
  • Provide mutual support within the regions;
  • Serve as a resource for concepts and methodologies for safety and quality in family medicine, such as principles of guidelines development, patient outcomes measures, practice assessment tools, or partnerships with patients for quality in health care; and
  • Conduct education and other sessions at strategic regional and international WONCA conferences.


The WONCA Working Party on Quality and Safety in Prague 2013
Standing, l to r:Aziz Khan Tank, Sivashanmuganathan Sagathavan, Alexandre Gouveia, José Miguel Bueno Ortiz, Jerry Sayre

Sitting, l to r: Olayinka Ayangkobe, Matie Obazee, Daniel Thuraiappah, Tina Eriksson, Tin Myo Han

Members of WWPQSFM in Cancun (back row from l to r) Jeff Markuns (USA), Jerry Sayre (USA), Alexandre Gouveia (Portugal) (front row from l to r) Tina Erikson (Denmark), Jose Miguel Bueno Ortiz (Spain), Javier Dominguez del Olmo (Mexico), Sonia Roache-Barker (Trinidad and Tobago)

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