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.
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’.
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