Patient safety

Eurobarometer - Patient safety and quality of care

The objective of this survey was to review changes that had occurred since the adoption of the Council Recommendation on patient safety and healthcare associated infections in 2009, in the following areas:

  1. information to EU citizens about patient safety measures;
  2. the likelihood of experiencing an adverse event, and the circumstances and characteristics of this experience;
  3. the types of redress available if EU citizens suffer an adverse event in their own country or another Member State, and where they can turn for help;
  4. EU public perceptions of the quality of healthcare.

In addition, this survey looked into EU citizens’ experience of hospitalisation and/or long-term care, and whether they received information on the risk of healthcare associated infections.

Eurobarometer report
Eurobarometer summary report 

National fact sheets:

 Austria   Italy 
 Belgium   Latvia 
 Bulgaria   Lithuania 
 Croatia   Luxembourg 
 Cyprus   Malta 
 Czech Republic   Netherlands 


 Estonia   Portugal 
 Finland   Romania 
 France   Slovakia 
 Germany   Slovenia 
 Greece   Spain 
 Hungary   Sweden 
 Ireland  United Kingdom