Medical Errors and Patient Safety

AHRQ fact sheets about medical errors and patient safety

Impact of Working Conditions on Patient Safety

This fact sheet summarizes AHRQ research initiatives related to how medical errors occur and how they can be addressed in the health care system.

Improving Health Care Quality

Quality problems are reflected today in the wide variation in use of health care services, the underuse and overuse of some services, and misuse of others. Improving the quality of health care and reducing medical errors are priorities for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Reducing and Preventing Adverse Drug Events To Decrease Hospital Costs

Report summarizes some successful approaches to preventing and detecting adverse drug events (ADEs).

AHRQ Web M&M

Fact sheet describes Web M&M, a peer-reviewed online journal that uses a case-based approach to educate providers and trainees about patient safety.

Impact of Working Conditions on Patient Safety

This fact sheet summarizes AHRQ research initiatives related to how medical errors occur and how they can be addressed in the health care system.

Patient Safety Challenge Grants

Fact sheet describes Patient Safety Challenge Grants awarded by AHRQ to support 13 new practice implementation projects.

30 Safe Practices for Better Health Care

The National Quality Forum, with support from AHRQ, has identified 30 safe practices that evidence shows can work to reduce or prevent adverse events and medical errors.

Patient Safety Research Highlights

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has long been committed to systematically studying patient safety in medical practice, funding more than 100 studies since 2001. Brief descriptions of the tools and findings of the research are presented here.

Problems and Prevention: Chest Tube Insertion

An 11-minute DVD, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), uses video excerpts of 50 actual chest tube insertion procedures to illustrate problems that can occur.

AHRQ's 2009 Funded Projects to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections

Description of AHRQ-funded projects to reduce health care-associated infections, including MRSA infections.

Ending Health Care-Associated Infections

Description of AHRQ-funded projects to reduce health care-associated infections, including MRSA infections.

AHRQ Projects to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, Fiscal Year 2010

Description of AHRQ-funded projects to reduce health care-associated infections, including MRSA infections.

AHRQ's Efforts to Prevent and Reduce Health Care-Associated Infections

Description of AHRQ-funded projects to reduce health care-associated infections, including MRSA infections.

AHRQ Projects to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections, Fiscal Year 2011

Description of AHRQ-funded projects to reduce health care-associated infections, including MRSA infections.

Improving Patient Safety Through Simulation Research

This fact sheet summarizes grant awards for simulation research projects funded by AHRQ in FY 2011.