Mission & Relevance

AHRQ WebM&M is a monthly Web-based journal that serves as an online Morbidity and Mortality case conference, allowing readers to learn from real cases of medical errors submitted anonymously by readers, written without personally identifiable patient or provider information, and such that the institutional name and location remain undisclosed. In addition to description of a case, the editors invite a patient safety expert to write a commentary about the case. This site also is tightly coupled with AHRQ PSNET, the online reference site for information on patient safety.

Go to http://webmm.ahrq.gov


The site offers three new sets of Cases and related Commentaries monthly, including a “Spotlight” Case with a related quiz for CME/CMU credit. The products also include topical “Perspectives on Safety” as well as “Interviews” with researchers, available as transcripts or podcasts.  “Patient Safety Primers” and “Glossary” sections provide basic patient safety information.

NOTE: Permission to reprint material that AHRQ WebM&M links to on non-AHRQ sites may require contacting the copyright holder—the author or original publisher, such as a scientific journal. For original material, contact 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 Cases, Commentaries, “Perspectives on Safety,” and “Interviews” on AHRQ WebM&M may be useful to researchers, clinicians, consumers, and policymakers.

Settings of Care

AHRQ WebM&M accepts cases 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 WebM&M. August 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/cpi/about/otherwebsites/webmm.ahrq.gov/index.html