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Defining Safety

Defining Safety

Etymology

The word safety comes from the Latin “innocuus” meaning is not harmful.

Definition

The word safety is a preventive or therapeutic action that is not harmful to health and quality of life. It is a quality of a drug or a non-pharmacological intervention (NPI) that causes no physiological, psychological or social damage.

What it means for Patients

The safety is used in the Blog in as the property of a non-pharmacological intervention (NPI) as not to degrade the health and quality of life. In other words, the use of a NPI should not impair health. Side effects, also called secondary effects, should be minimal.

What it means for Health Professionals

The safety is used in the Blog in as the property of a NPI as not to degrade health and quality of life of the patient. Ideally, the patient should not cope with side effects of the NPI used.

What it means for Researchers

The safety is used in the Blog in as the property of a NPI as not to degrade the health and quality of life. It should be evaluated with a randomized controlled trial (RCT), but it is not always the case.

What it means for for policymakers

The safety is used in the Blog in as the property of a NPI as not to degrade the health and quality of life. Ideally, a patient should not undergo product side effects of the program or service used.


To reference this Blog en Sante © article.

Ninot G (2014). Definition of safety. Blog en Santé, L32.

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