Strategies to Improve Patient Safety

The Evidence Base Matures

Published in: Annals of Internal Medicine, v. 158, no. 5, part 2, Editorial, Mar. 2013, p. 350-352, W-173

Posted on RAND.org on March 01, 2013

by Robert M Wachter, Peter J. Pronovost, Paul G. Shekelle

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality commissioned a team led by investigators at RAND Health; Stanford University; the University of California, San Francisco; and Johns Hopkins University to reexamine the evidence behind key patient safety strategies (PSSs). Reexamination involved several systematic reviews that addressed the effectiveness of particular practices, paying attention to the importance of implementation, context, and any unintended consequences of safety interventions.

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