Patient Safety Organization Common Formats

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) coordinates the development of Common Formats for reporting patient safety events to Patient Safety Organizations (PSOs). This activity is authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (Patient Safety Act) and the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Final Rule (Patient Safety Rule). In collaboration with the interagency Federal Patient Safety Workgroup (PSWG), the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the public, AHRQ has developed Common Formats for two settings of care — acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

To learn more about the Common Formats, visit the Patient Safety Organizations - Common Formats Web page.

Page last reviewed September 2012
Internet Citation: Patient Safety Organization Common Formats. September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policymakers/measurement/common-formats/index.html