Invitation to Congress


Prof. Dr. Seval AKGÜN
Congress Chair TÜRKİYE
Prof. Dr. Rashid Bin Khalfan AL ABRI,MD, FRCS,


Co-Chair / 

From the Congress Chair


In the Quality in Health Care Accreditation and Patient Safety congress which is being held since 2008  is headed by the Health Care Academicians Association with the cooperation of Sultan Qaboos University, support of the North Carolina university at Pembroke and The Turkish Standards Institute and many other Turkish associations and organizations, many issues about quality in health services, accreditation, patient and employee safety have been discussed till this day. Quality in Health Care Accreditation and Patient Safety Congress in International Health Services, which will be held in Antalya on 27-30 May 2021 for the fifteenth time this year


 The mission of the congress which will be participated by many international institutions’ representatives and experts is going to be the interpretation of various practices in understanding of quality among health services.  The main aim of this congress is to create a discussion environment on the health care services provided in extra ordinary conditions happening during and after Covid-19 pandemic, primarily in Turkey and all around the world, the new normalization and problems in delivering and financing health services, the effects of these problems and suggestions to resolution and patient and employee safety, with the health professionals from Turkey and around the world. 


The contagious diseases and especially pandemics are probably equivalent to the history of medicine. In Fact, these diseases should be considered as the history of medicine itself from a hundred years before and until today. For hundred years, the infectious diseases are not only consisted as a category of diseases but also affected the people, communities, wars, cultures and the world of literature. For centuries, the deaths caused by infectious diseases are more than to be compared to the deaths caused by other diseases. The epidemics caused by these diseases led to mass deaths.


SARS-CoV-2 started in December 2010 in China and then rapidly spread to the entire world, affected not only the health department but also affected all the aspects of life such as education, work, and tourism and draws the attention to the subject of pandemic and infections. There is a need of serious struggle in the fields of diagnosis, treatment and protection of infectious diseases that caused problems day by day and will continue to cause problems both national and global.


There has to be detailed researches on the subjects such as the early diagnosis of newly determined infectious and existing diseases; the development of various treatment options in the days that the resistance to antimicrobics increased; epidemiology and pathogenesis to provide the development of diagnosis, treatment and control. The Congo Hemorrhagic Fever the pandemic of H1N1 Flu and Avian Influenza, MERS-CoV, drug resistant tuberculosis, hospital infections and epidemics; resistance to antimicrobic materials; infections originated from water  and nourishment, Covid-19 that started in March,11,2020, are a few of the leading problems seen in the last years and that has to be dealt in our country and the World. Especially the Covid-19 studies should be continuous firstly in the fields of health, education, economy, agriculture and animal husbandry in order to be prepared all over to other potential infectious diseases that could be occurred in the coming decades. Proper policies should be prepared and applied to safe and effective health systems, safe food production, protection of water resources, safe water recruitment, economic development, diversification of subsistence resources and equitable income distribution, the integrity of the ecosystem reciprocate relations in health department, comprehensive and holistic approach and systemic fit for integrated health policies and strategies within the understanding of one health.


For this reason, the main theme of the congress is decided to be “Enhancement of Patient Safety, Risk Management, Control and Prevention of Infections and Epidemics” in order to maintain the reinforcement of continuous quality improvement, provide patient and employee safety, discuss the necessity of infection control and prevention practices and to make experts out of people who work on the field by increasing their knowledge and skills. 

Quality and accreditation practices are started to be more and more prone on the healthcare agenda in our country. This situation obliges quality practitioners to follow the agenda closely. From this point of view, 15th Quality in Healthcare, Accreditation and Patient Safety Congress with International Participation creates an opportunity for you quality volunteers to follow the agenda. 



The multidisciplinary area of interest of the congress of quality in healthcare, Enhancement of Patient Safety, Risk Management, Control and Prevention of Infections and Outbreaks consist of;



Physicians, nurses, microbiologists, infectious diseases specialists, surgeons and all other health professionals,


Quality Directors, nurses, all healthcare professionals in the committees related to patient and employee safety, - Health institution managers, researchers,


SGK employees


All other health policy makers and -Patients.

Thanks to the presenters, workshops,oral and poster presentations to be held during the congress, the participants will have the opportunity to get to know the approaches that ensure quality and patient safety in healthcare and new systems and ideas that go beyond traditional approaches. 

The aims of the congress;


Patient safety, risk management and reduction of medical errors


Infection and epidemic control and prevention at international and national level from patient safety perspective


Review of existing methods in infection and epidemic management, control and prevention, urgent importance of evidence-based practices and difficulties in implementation


Review of scientific evidence in the field of patient safety and infection, some of which are listed below.


Surveillance studies, strategies, innovative approaches, innovations and problems in technology


Infection Control and prevention methods


Vaccination activities


Ways to prevent anti-microbial resistance and necessary cooperation for this


Innovations in clinical laboratories, occupational health and safety practices for the safety of healthcare workers


Infection control and prevention in special patient groups at high risk

7.Environmental factors and strategies in infection control and prevention


Healthcare-associated infection control and prevention in healthcare institutions such as dialysis centers where chronic diseases are treated. Surveillance studies, control and prevention strategies in these centers


Healthcare associated infections, cost studies in their control and prevention, changes or innovations affecting costs


Legislation changes


Changes in reimbursement systems, performance-based strategies


Frequency of healthcare-associated infections reported at regional, national and international levels


The manpower, training, and resource needs required to develop capacity for the elimination of healthcare-associated infections


It is also planned to focus on the following issues related to the subject:


Innovations in quality and accreditation practices in healthcare

 -Clinical quality improvement methods

-Patient safety, risk management and reduction of medical errors


Review of existing methods in preventing events that threaten patient and employee safety due to healthcare, importance of evidence-based practices,

-Patient-centered care

-Innovations in health technologies

-Health system infrastructure

-Cost-effectiveness in service delivery and maintenance

-Man power planning and training in health service delivery

-Information management systems, automation and communication technologies -Moral and ethical behavior in the provision of health services.

-Risk management

-Health tourism. Experiences gained in many subjects related to quality, accreditation, patient and employee safety in healthcare services will be discussed.


The International Congress on Quality, Accreditation and Patient Safety in Healthcare has been creating a platform where methods and innovations that improve the quality of healthcare services and ensure patient and employee safety will be discussed, as well as the opportunity to discuss the experiences and practices required to provide safer, effective and effective health services to the participants. 


We hope that you will join us in our fifteenth international congress that will be held in Antalya.

Best Regards