Learn about Patient Safety
These resources can help you learn the basics about safety and quality.
- PSNet: a Web-based resource that features the latest news and essential resources on patient safety, including weekly literature updates, news, tools, and meetings; patient safety primers; and annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety.
- Web M&M: case reports and safety perspectives from Web M&M (Morbidity and Mortality Rounds on the Web), a peer-reviewed online journal and forum on patient safety and health care quality.
- Advancing Patient Safety: A Decade of Evidence, Design, and Implementation (1999-2010): learn about AHRQ’s role in building the foundation to better understand patient safety challenges and promote rapid change.
- Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices: an update of the first systematic assessment of patient safety practices, this report examines the evidence on 41 proven patient safety strategies, 10 of which an expert panel suggests be adopted immediately.
- Understand the Science of Safety: this 23-minute video from the Core CUSP Toolkit explains the science of safety in health care.
- Reducing Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs): HACs are harmful conditions that a patient develops while in the hospital being treated for something else. National efforts are underway to reduce HACs.
- Talking Quality: a resource that can help providers explain quality to consumers.
- Six Domains of Health Care Quality: a framework developed by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for achieving a high quality health care system.
- National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report: a Congressionally mandated annual report that presents trends and disparities in the effectiveness, safety, timeliness, patientcenteredness, and efficiency of care based on more than 250 measures of care.
- National Quality Strategy: a framework published in 2011 that aligns national efforts to improve health and health care quality.