The International Alliance of Patients' Organizations (IAPO) has held a series of meetings in Mexico City, June 6th-8th 2012. The meetings looked at two obstacles to the further development of healthcare in Latin America—non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and patient safety. Updates of the event can be found on Facebook. The hashtag #IAPOLATAM posts updates on Twitter. See also the IAPO press release.
At its 5th Global Patients Congress, IAPO has called for further research into the development of patient-centred healthcare indicators worldwide. A document by IAPO, the 'Patient-Centred Healthcare Indicators Review', identifies and explores current efforts to measure the patient-centredness of healthcare providers, organizations, national healthcare systems and other stakeholders involved in healthcare provision. Throughout the 5th IAPO Congress, many of these stakeholders highlighted the need for clarity about what is patient-centredness, and how to measure it, and track progress towards it. IAPO's 'Patient-Centred Healthcare Indicators Review' is open for consultation for six weeks, and IAPO welcomes thoughts and suggestions from all interested parties in how to further this work towards the development of meaningful indicators of patient-centred healthcare.