Patient safety is a priority for the Order of Physiotherapists

Today marks the World Patient Safety Daywith the theme "Involving Patients in Patient Safety" and the motto "Giving patients a voice", recognising its central role in promoting safe care. 0

A Order of Physiotherapists is associated with the objectives proposed by World Health Organisation for the World Patient Safety DayThe aim is to raise global awareness of the need to actively involve patients, families and carers in improving patient safety across all healthcare settings and levels, and to empower patients and families to become actively involved in their own healthcare.

Find out how to take a more active role when you use physiotherapy care.

The safe physiotherapy care must be aligned with the commitments of the National Patient Safety Plan 2021-2026 (PNSD 2021-2026) and with the principles "involve, value, make responsible". Find out more at information leaflets.

If you are over 65, have impaired vision, have had a fall in the last year and/or are often off balance, don't exercise and take various medications, you should also consult the recommendations on fall prevention.

Fall prevention

Incident reporting helps improve patient safety

The development of incident reporting systems in healthcare makes it possible to guarantee patient safety and quality in the provision of care, contributing to health gains, and has been a recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) since 2002.

In Portugal, the NOTIFYThe National Incident Reporting System, made available by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), is an integral part of the National Incident Reporting System. Registration is voluntary and can be done by citizen or by the health professionalanonymously. Find out how to use the NOTIFICA platform:


It is estimated that there are 134 million safety incidents in healthcare every year, and that many could be avoided. We can all help to improve the statistics. Patient safety is our priority!

World Patient Safety Day in pictures

The Order of Physiotherapists invited members to share photographs illustrating the celebrations. See the selected photos here.


Pedro Maciel Barbosa

Specialist physiotherapist at the Matosinhos Local Health Unit Sub-coordinator for Primary Health Care, Matosinhos Local Health Unit Visiting Assistant Professor at the Porto School of Health Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Health - SNS Member of the General Council of the Order of Physiotherapists

Carlos Sand

Carlos Areia has been a physiotherapist since 2013, and has worked in various hospitals, clinics and clubs in both Portugal and the UK. He began his academic career at Oxford University in 2016, where he led a clinical trial comparing physiotherapy vs surgery in anterior cruciate injuries in 32 hospitals in England. In 2018 she moved to the neurosciences department, where she developed her own studies on remote monitoring of vital signs, which were implemented during the pandemic. Here he discovered his passion for data, and in 2022, he joined Digital Science as a Data Scientist. He completed his PhD earlier this year, and has more than 60 publications in journals such as The Lancet, BMJ, Cochrane, among others. He is also an honorary lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a consultant in clinical research.

Eduardo José Brazete Carvalho Cruz

PhD in Physiotherapy from the University of Brighton, UK. Post-Doctorate in Epidemiology from the National School of Public Health at the New University of Lisbon.
Coordinator of the Studies and Planning Office of the Order of Physiotherapists. Coordinating Professor of the Physiotherapy Department of the School of Health of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (ESS-IPS). President of the ESS-IPS Technical-Scientific Council. Coordinator of the Physiotherapy Department at ESS-IPS. Integrated Researcher at the Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC) (a partnership between FCM-UNL, the National School of Public Health, the University of Évora, the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health and Santo Espírito Hospital, Terceira Island, Azores).

Sara Souto Miranda

Sara Souto Miranda has a bachelor's and master's degree in physiotherapy from the University of Aveiro, and a postgraduate qualification in adult respiratory physiotherapy from the same institution. In 2023 she completed her double doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences/Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the Universities of Aveiro and Maastricht (Netherlands) and is currently working as a technical-scientific advisor to the Studies and Planning Office (GEP) of the Order of Physiotherapists, and as a guest lecturer at the Piaget Institute in Vila Nova de Gaia. As a member of the Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Aveiro (Lab3R), she has carried out applied research in which she has assessed and treated patients with respiratory pathology, having taken part in 6 research projects. Throughout her career she has published 19 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals with an impact factor, 1 book chapter and more than 50 abstracts in conference proceedings. She was a research volunteer at the Ciro rehabilitation centre (Centre for expertise in chronic organ failure) in the Netherlands, and is currently a member of the Guideline Methodology Network of European Respiratory Society. She was honoured by European Lung Foundation e European Respiratory Society for carrying out patient-centred research, by the Directorate General for Higher Education with a merit grant for his master's degree, and by the Ciro Centre with a grant to support research abroad.

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