Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Review of Evidence Supporting Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 158. No. 5_Part_2 (5 March 2013)

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Over the past 12 years, since the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s report, “To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System,” improving patient safety has been the focus of considerable public and professional interest. Although such efforts required changes in policies, education, workforce and health care financing, organization, and delivery, the most important gap has arguably been in research. Specifically, to improve patient safety we needed to identify hazards, determine how to measure them accurately, and identify solutions that work to reduce patient harm.

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