It’s not too late to take part in our survey about patient safety and the Helsinki Declaration

It’s not too late to take part in our survey about patient safety and the Helsinki Declaration

  • Issue 75

Prof. Andrew F. Smith

Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to our research project by completing our online survey on the Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. We would like as many views as possible, and need representation from members of every European country. If you haven’t already completed our survey, then we urge you to do so as your contribution is incredibly valuable.

The Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology was launched in 2010 by the European Society of Anaesthesiology and the European Board of Anaesthesiology.1It sets out a vision for patient safety in anaesthesiology and provides standards to which European anaesthesiologists may aspire in practice. It is widely recognised as a practical framework for improving patient safety and has been signed by all European national societies of anaesthesiology and by many international societies.

Funded by the ESA, we have been given the opportunity to evaluate how the Helsinki Declaration has been implemented in each European country and how it relates to patient safety more generally. Our mixed-methods research includes the following:

  • An online survey to anaesthesiologists of every European country
  • Interviews with leaders of anaesthesiology of every European country
  • Observational visits to hospitals
  • Review of literature, existing tools, and approaches for promoting patient safety initiatives in anaesthesiology.

As well as examining how the Helsinki Declaration has been implemented, we aim to map the extent of its coverage and identify differences between countries, and discrepancies in implementation of each of its component elements. This process will lead to recommendations for updating, refining, and further promoting the Helsinki Declaration.

Your views are an integral part of this process and we encourage your involvement by completing our short survey.

You can find out more about this research project and our team at Lancaster Patient Safety Research Unit. We welcome any questions about our project, or information about any approaches to patient safety, or about the implementation of the Helsinki Declaration in your country. Please contact Prof Andrew F Smith (


  1. Mellin-Olsen J, Staender S, Whitaker DK, Smith AF. The Helsinki Declaration on patient safety in anaesthesiology. Eur J Anaesthesiol2010;27:592-7.