Safe care, good care?

In recent decades, in the Netherlands as well as in other countries, a great deal has been invested in making healthcare safer and controlling risks. Nevertheless, new questions are being raised. Should we want to control all possible risk of harm at all times? Is safe care the same as good care? And how do the instruments for promoting safety actually work in practice? In this report, the Netherlands Centre for Ethics and Health examines the various interpretations of the value of safety, how safety is implemented within the care practice and what could be improved.