Prioritizing Patient Safety Outcomes Measures

Results of an Expert Consensus Process

by Donna O. Farley, Michael D. Greenberg, Amelia Haviland, Susan L. Lovejoy

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This report presents the results of a modified Delphi consensus process carried out in 2006 as part of the patient safety evaluation. Its purpose was to identify priority outcome measures for use in monitoring and evaluating progress in improving patient safety. Forty-seven individuals, national clinical and research experts in patient safety issues, identified important outcome measures for inpatient care, ambulatory care, and long-term care settings. Identifying these measures represents the first step in a larger process, with needed follow-up work identified for further refinement of measures, decisions regarding which measures should be used for differing applications, and additional validation research to ensure that the measures are documented to be valid for the relevant applications.

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