The Center for Patient Safety at the End of Life

Seeking Reliability and Safety in the Care of Individuals Nearing the End of Life with Serious Illness

Published in: Topics in Health Information Management, v. 23, no. 2, Nov. 2002, p. 13-21

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Sarah Myers, Joanne Lynn

Although they can affect all Americans, lapses in patient safety disproportionately affect the oldest, sickest patients. Seriously ill patients are subjected to repeated mistakes, including nontreatment of pain and other symptoms; discontinuity within and among provider programs; location of care for provider convenience, rather than efficiency or family support; and a lack of advance planning. To address these shortcomings, the RAND Center to Improve Care of the Dying (now the Washington Home Center for Palliative Care Studies) generated the Center for Patient Safety at the End of Life, which is committed to making care safe and reliable for this population.

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