About the Danish Society for Patient Safety

The Danish Society for Patient Safety is a non-profit organization working to ensure that patient safety is an aspect of all decisions made in Danish healthcare. Established in 2001 we have pioneered patient safety and healthcare quality, not only in Denmark but internationally as well.

With partners, domestic and international, we have implemented a wide range of quality projects in hospitals and primary care, as well as legislative work. We provide advice to legislators and stakeholders, arranged training programs and conferences, suggest standards for safe operation, create consensus and initiate projects.

Inge Kristensen, CEO

Inge Kristensen

How we work

Our projects involve improving the quality of care through the ‘model for improvement’. We strive to develop and build a quality improvement and patient safety focused culture and build long-term sustainability and capability to support the improvements. Our main focus is to:

  • Gather, spread and develop knowledge and initiatives
  • Provide advice to legislators and stakeholders
  • Arrange training programs and conferences
  • Suggest standards for safe operation
  • Engage in campaigns and promote positive change with key stakeholders
  • Create consensus
  • Initiate projects
  • Support and promote person-centred care

The board of the Society consists of representatives from a wide range of stakeholders in Danish healthcare: the healthcare professionals, patient and research organizations, the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, the hospital owners and Local Government Denmark. This composition offers a great possibility for all parties to work together for the common patient safety interest. For a closer look on the members of the board, see the menu on the right.

What is person-centred care?

In person-centred care you see the people using health and social services as equal partners in planning, developing and monitoring care to make sure it meets their needs. This means putting people and their families at the centre of decisions and seeing them as experts, working alongside professionals to get the best outcome.

Person-centred care is not just about giving people whatever they want or providing information. It is about considering people’s desires, values, family situations, social circumstances and lifestyles; seeing the person as an individual, and working together to develop appropriate solutions.

Being compassionate, thinking about things from the person’s point of view and being respectful are all important. This might be shown through sharing decisions with patients and helping people manage their health, but person-centred care is not just about activities. It is as much about the way professionals and patients think about care and their relationships as the actual services available. (Further reading)


The Danish Society for Patient Safety employs a wide range of professions. From doctors and nurses to communicators and data analysts all working together to succeed in implementing and spreading our visions.

We realize that in order to effectively spread and sustain knowledge we must employ a variety of professions.  Each project has a project manager as well as a number of staff assigned.

For the project managers, please see the individual projects.

Learning from the Danish Safer Hospital Programme

Since 2007,  the Danish Society for Patient Safety has worked on a number of major improvement programs in Danish healthcare. Taken together, these programmes – by supporting and helping clinicians change the way they do their work – have demonstrated how better results can be created for patients. At the same time, joy at work has been improved among hospital staff.

This publication describes the experiences and learning from, primarily, The Danish Safer Hospital Programme, where improvement methods have been tested, developed, and adapted to the  Danish healthcare setting.

“The Danish Safer Hospital Programme” was a collaboration between  the Danish foundation TrygFonden, Danish Regions (an organization representing the five Danish regions), and the Danish Society for Patient Safety. The programme was delivered with expert assistance from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, IHI. (Further reading)


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I sikre hænder

Målet med projekt I sikre hænder er at give borgerne i ældreplejen en sikker pleje og behandling ved at reducere tryksår, medicinfejl, fald og infektioner. Det sker ved, at medarbejderne får metoder til at systematisere deres arbejdsgange.

I 2013 begyndte Frederiksberg, Lolland, Sønderborg, Viborg og Thisted Kommuner forbedringsarbejdet i I sikre hænder. De fem pilotkommuner har vist, at det kan lade sig gøre at udrydde tryksår og alvorlige medicinfejl i ældreplejen. På baggrund af disse resultater har yderligere 13 kommuner taget projektets metoder i brug.

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Patientambassadørerne er et netværk af patienter og/eller pårørende til patienter, der har oplevet skade i sundhedsvæsenet.

Netværket er etableret i foråret 2007 i et samarbejde mellem Trygfonden, WHO og Dansk Selskab for Patientsikkerhed.


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Sikker Sammenhæng

I projekt Sikker Sammenhæng er Dansk Selskab for Patientsikkerhed, Københavns Kommune og Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital gået sammen om at styrke patientsikkerheden på tværs af sektorer.

Det skal ske ved at udvikle en samarbejdsmodel til tværsektoriel koordinering af forløb for ældre over 65 år mellem Københavns Kommune og Bispebjerg-Frederiksberg Hospital. Målene er at reducere ventetid på udskrivelse og rehabilitering samt at mindske akutte genindlæggelser og forebyggelige indlæggelser.

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Dansk Selskab for Patientsikkerhed udbyder en dansk uddannelse til forbedringsagent med inspiration fra Institute for Healthcare Improvements Improvement Advisor Professional Development program.

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Mette Christensen



+45 20 23 95 34

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