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  José María Valderas Martínez (Spain)

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Prof Valderas is an Academic General Practitioner and health services researcher from Barcelona, Spain.

He graduated in Medicine from the University of Barcelona in 1997, and qualified as a General Practitioner in 2003. Both his PhD (on the routine use of Patient Reported Outcomes in clinical practice) and MPH (development of a tool for the standardized assessment of Patient Reported Outcomes measures) were completed at the Health Services Research Unit at the Institut Municipal d'Investigació Mèdica (IMIM - Hospital del Mar). He subsequently worked with Barbara Starfield as a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, and then he went on to take a post as Clinical Lecturer at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre and the NIHR School of Primary Care Research, University of Manchester. He subsequently moved to the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, where he set up and led the Health Services and Policy Research group. He moved in 2013 to the University of Exeter Medical School, where he took up the Chair in Health Services and Policy.

His research is focussed on the routine use of Patient Reported Outcomes in clinical practice, the study of the implications of multimorbidity for the provision of health services, the evaluation of interventions aimed at quality improvement of health care and more generally research aimed at improving the delivery of primary health care. He has led the development of an integrated model of quality of life and other Patient Reported Outcomes, and has led the development of the Patient Reported Experiences and Outcomes of Safety in Primary Care.

He was elected by his peers as President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research. He is Field Chief Editor of Frontiers in Health Services and has previously served as an Associate Editor to the European Journal of General Practice in the period 2010-2018 and to Quality of Life Research 2008-2011. He has held visiting appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (2010-2013),Fellow at the European Observatory of Health Systems and Policies (2010-2013), and Scholar at the University of Sydney (2011).

He was one of the key contributors to the new vision for the World Health Organization Astana Declaration of Primary Health Care and he chaired the development of the Overall Adult Health Outcomes Set for the International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement (ICHOM).

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Co-Convenor or other office bearers

  • Prof María Pilar Astier Peña (Spain) - Past Chair
  • José Miguel Bueno Ortiz (Spain)  - Secretary
  • Alexandrre Gouveia (Portugal) - IT Officer

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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