Issues in aging

October 2010

Professional

Managing clinical risks

Tips from the toolkit 9

Volume 39, No.10, October 2010 Pages 791-792

Neville Steer

Patient safety is of prime importance. Medical practice has inherent risks that need to be identified and reduced or avoided. Developing and implementing risk management processes is a necessary part of professional practice and is part of The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ Standards for general practices. This article is based on The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners’ ‘General practice management toolkit’.

Risk is the chance of something happening that will have an impact on objectives. It is measured in terms of consequences and likelihood.1 Medical indemnity organisations (MDOs) and professional colleges are active in promoting systematic approaches in risk management. It is important that general practitioners are familiar with these approaches and incorporate them as part of routine practice and clinical management. A risk management process diagram is shown in Figure 1.

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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