On September 17, 2019, the World Health Organization is celebrating the first World Patient Safety Day. The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality is proud to support World Patient Safety Day and the 2019 motto, “Speak Up for Patient Safety”. We have compiled a series of reference materials from our own Center, from the Duke University community, and from our patient safety colleagues across the world to help you Speak Up for Patient Safety every day of the year.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO is the coordinating body for World Patient Safety Day. Go to this page to find campaign materials and many other resources around health and well-being.

Duke Resources

Well-Being and Teamwork Toolkits
Improving patient safety starts with ensuring the well-being of both patients and their caregivers. Our Well-Being Toolkit provides helpful tips on how to build resilience, mindfulness, and self-compassion skills.

Healthcare is a complex industry, and teamwork among caregivers and their patients is critical to positive health outcomes. Our Teamwork Toolkit gives you some quick and easy strategies for enhancing communication among teams.


Check out a publications page for the latest research on patient safety. One of our most recent articles looks specifically the idea of speaking up for patient safety.

Voices of Duke Health

The Voices of Duke Health podcast series is an innovative project that collects moving, thoughtful stories from patients, caregivers, students and more at Duke Health about what is meaningful in their lives. Follow the link to listen to the entire first season.

Our Colleagues are Celebrating #WorldPatientSafetyDay, too!