Patient Safety Day

World Patient Safety Day was established in 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO), to enhance the global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care, promote global actions and reduce patient harm.1

At Bayer, we take great pride in always putting patient safety and well-being first, ahead of everything else. It is at the core of all that we do and more than just an obligation. That’s why we are proud to have supported World Patient Safety Day since the beginning. Over the years, we have developed various tools and supportive materials to educate and inform the public about patient safety.

2023: Engaging Patients for Patient Safety

World Patient Safety Day 2023 is being observed on 17 September under the theme "Engaging patients for patient safety", in recognition of the crucial role patients, families and caregivers play in the safety of health care.6

Patient Safety Day

Through the slogan “Elevate the voice of patients!”, WHO calls on all stakeholders to take necessary action to ensure that patients are involved in policy formulation, are represented in governance structures, are engaged in co-designing safety strategies, and are active partners in their own care.6 


To us at Bayer, this is not just a one of campaign. Listening to patients’ needs has been a matter of course for years because we consider their preferences to implement tailored, meaningful solutions.


Patient safety involves more than just the quality and safety of medical products. To empower patients to make informed decisions, we strive to provide easy-to-understand information. We understand that informative materials, easily accessible through apps or websites, using simple language with options for alternate formats such as video or visual presentations are crucial for patient understanding and inclusivity, and improves patient commitment and adherence.


At Bayer, we value the feedback of patients as well as working with patients, and appreciate their valuable input, because we have experienced that actively involving patients and their care partners leads to better health outcomes! Co-creation directly with patients helps to provide better, more patient-centered solutions faster.


As part of PSD 2023, we ran a multi-phase project designed to understand patient perspectives on safety concerns, to gain new insights to act on.


In collaboration with a patient organization, we co-created a semi-structured discussion guide for interviews and a short survey.

Patient Interviews

Through the interviews we aimed to gain insights about their experiences in learning about side effects, talking with their doctors about reporting side effects, and general observations on what patient safety means to them.



  • Overall, there isn’t a cohesive sensibility as to what “patient safety” represents; how communication around medication and side effects happens within medical settings; and how reporting processes function. 
  • Participants discussed how some patient education material was difficult to understand, suggesting gaps in what information is communicated.
  • Patients care about how side effects may impact them whether during their routine treatment plan, adjusting medications, or enrolling in a clinical trial. They like having as much information as possible through a wide variety of different formats in plain language so that they can go back and access materials throughout their patient journey. 
  • Patient safety should be a topic of priority in helping patients understand how certain information is shared and the importance of open conversations around side effects.

Key message: Using non-medical language and simplified explanations can enhance patient understanding and inclusivity!

Patient Survey

The survey was designed to gather patient insights regarding patient safety and overall engagement, and was centered around questions of information-finding, definitions of patient safety and what it means for patient safety to be considered across conversations with doctors, patient engagement, and clinical trials.


  • When it comes to patient safety, there seems to be a lack of clear information as to what defines patient safety as well as how to understand what safety means in the context of trying a new treatment, participating in a clinical trial, or making sense of information received at the doctor’s office or hospital. Even though doctors are trusted, there may still be frustration around doctors using technical medical terminology or not providing adequate explanatory materials during conversations. Adapting language to reach a wide variety of patients and care partners will help people comprehend the different facets of patient safety in a way that will empower them.
  • Patients want to be involved in their care, and they want patients to participate in the creation of materials that will be used to educate people about the safety of any new medications in a way that is simple for non-medical professionals to understand. Keeping patients involved and letting them know what patient safety is, as well as why it is important and how to discuss it, are aspects of engagement that survey participants mentioned as well. Engagement depends on trust, based on responses, so working with patients on drafting materials could foster both trust and further engagement.

Key message: Patients are open to being involved in initiatives. Patient input through surveys and involving patients early in the development of educational materials ensure their understandability and relevance and make them more patient-centered.

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Together, we can ensure a safer healthcare journey for all patients!



世界患者安全日由世界卫生组织 (WHO) 于 2019 年设立,旨在提高全球对患者安全的认识,增加公众对医疗安全的参与程度,推动全球采取行动,减少患者伤害。1



今年,拜耳再次开展各种活动,以提高全球患者安全日的认识。例如,在德国,该团队分享了服用多种药物治疗慢性心力衰竭时如何保持安全的信息图表。这与 2022 年世界患者安全日的官方主题——“用药安全”相一致,2022 年世界患者安全日的口号是“避免用药伤害”。1




单击此处阅读 Michael Devoy 和 Alexander Biedermann 关于老龄化人口在社会和医疗层面的全球挑战相关文章。

2022 年患者安全日

2022 健康老龄化

随着年龄的增长,患上心力衰竭或慢性肾脏疾病等疾病的几率增加。2,3 已知多种导致慢性心脏和肾脏疾病的风险因素,可以避免或至少最小化。4,5 人们无法始终保护自己不生病。然而,如果这些风险因素得到很好的管理,并采取预防性的生活方式措施,未来罹患疾病的可能性就会降低。4









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我们最近进行了一项调查,邀请 50 例心力衰竭和慢性肾脏疾病患者分享关于健康老龄化的意见,以及病友们如何管理自身病况的建议。下面的引用是他们给出的建议:


管理现有疾病,例如糖尿病和高血压,对于维持心脏和肾脏的健康和功能也至关重要。4,5 您知道患有心力衰竭会增加患上慢性肾脏疾病的可能性——并且反之亦然吗?4,5


为了帮助提高人们对健康老龄化重要性的意识,拜耳邀请了两位睿智的老朋友 H 夫人和 K 先生,他们虽然上了年纪,但依然保持健康。请单击下面的故事,了解他们为年轻的心脏和肾脏提供的关于如何健康老龄化和预防疾病的重要指导。


第 1 章:我们在身体中做什么?为什么我们很重要?

第 2 章:当我们变老时会发生什么?

第 3 章:我们如何保持健康呢?

第 4 章:如果我们真的生病了,该怎么办?

我们希望您在探索为 2022 年患者安全日编制的材料时享受其中的乐趣,并且希望它们可以帮助您过上健康快乐的生活!


  1. World Health Organization. World Patient Safety Day 2022. Available from: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2022/09/17/default-calendar/world-patient-safety-day-2022. Last accessed: May 2022.
  2. Strait JB, Lakatta EG. Aging-associated cardiovascular changes and their relationship to heart failure. Heart Fail Clin. 2012 Jan; 8(1):143-164.
  3. Prakash S, O’Hare AM. Interaction of Aging and CKD. Semin Nephrol. 2009 Sep; 29(5):497-503.
  4. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Heart & Kidney Disease. Available from: https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/kidney-disease/heart-disease. Last accessed: May 2022.
  5. National Kidney Foundation. Heart Failure and CKD: What you need to know. Available from: https://www.kidney.org/sites/default/files/Heart_Failure_and_CKD_2018.pdf. Last accessed: May 2022
  6. https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2023/09/17/default-calendar/world-patient-safety-day-2023--engaging-patients-for-patient-safety

Job codes: MA-OTH-ALL-0046-01 and MA-OTH-ALL-0049-01

Date of preparation: August 2022