Newspapers have recently published articles to clarify the current developments in the field of quality and patient safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. According to the , printed in August, residents will be able to choose between healthcare facilities by looking through a list of published JAWDA quality rankings which will be available for the general public in early 2018.
The rankings initially focused on pharmacies and hospitals only but the Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has now extended it to include clinics, diagnostic and rehabilitation facilities, and home-care service providers as well. In total, more than 2,130 health-care providers will be subject to this standardised and uniformed analysis of quality and patient safety related data.
In September, the stated that the initial rankings for hospitals included 37 criteria out of which 19 focused on patient safety. Now the rankings have been updated to include a total of 540 criteria out of which 92 relate to patient safety issues at medical facilities. This means that there has been a 484% increase in the number of criteria to rate patient safety. According to the , all long-term care facilities will also be included in the rankings with a clear expectation that the quality of care they provide will have to match the high level of care provided at hospitals.
It seems that HAAD considers quality and patient safety their top priority and is continuously seeking to improve the level of excellence in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. It will be interesting to see what other initiatives will be developed in the future.