AHRQ Patient Safety Network


The AHRQ Patient Safety Network is a national Web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety. Supported by an extensive system for organizing the site’s patient safety information into categories and subcategories (i.e., a patient safety taxonomy) and robust Web architecture, AHRQ PSNet provides powerful searching and browsing capability, as well as the ability for diverse users to customize the site around their interests (My PSNet). It also is tightly coupled with AHRQ WebM&M, the popular monthly online journal analyzing user-submitted cases of medical errors.

Go to http://psnet.ahrq.gov


The site provides up-to-the-minute explanation of current patient safety findings and discussion of how they may be implemented. It also provides resources for self-education for persons new to patient safety concepts.


The site offers weekly updates of information from the patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings ("What’s New"), and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety ("The Collection"). Two sets of documents (“Patient Safety Primers,” “Glossary”) that provide basic information about patient safety.

NOTE: Permission to reprint material that AHRQ PSNet links to on non-AHRQ sites may require contacting the copyright holder—the author or original publisher, such as a scientific journal. However, permission to reuse material appearing on the AHRQ PSNet site may be obtained for educational or clinical use by contacting Ms. Vida Lynum, permissions manager for AHRQ PSNet and AHRQ Web M&M (phone: +1 415-476-4817; fax: +1 415-476-4818).


Depending on the depth of detail desired, the reports and other documents on AHRQ PSNet may be useful to researchers, clinicians, consumers, and policymakers.

Settings of Care

AHRQ PSNet looks at new research and recommendations involving all settings of care (ambulatory or outpatient care, acute care hospitalization, rehabilitation, and long-term care).

Participating Agencies and Institutions 

AHRQ WebM&M is produced for AHRQ by a team of editors at the University of California, San Francisco, headed by Robert M. Wachter, M.D., professor and associate chairman of the Department of Medicine. The editorial team is advised by a 16-member Editorial Board and a 34-member Advisory Board, both international in scope.

Page last reviewed August 2013
Internet Citation: AHRQ Patient Safety Network. August 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/about/otherwebsites/psnet.ahrq.gov/index.html