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Guide for Developing a Community-Based Patient Safety Advisory Council


This tool provides specific steps for those who are considering orĀ are ready to launch a community-based patient advisory council.

Sections of the tool kit include:
  • Introduction
    • Explanation of how and why patient advisory councils have become part of the patient safety movement (most useful to individuals who are evaluating and considering whether they want to develop a council)
    • Project background
  • Steps to creating a patient advisory council (for those who are ready to launch a community-based advisory council)
    • Step 1. Define the scope of the council
    • Step 2. Select the team
    • Step 3. Determine a budget
    • Step 4. Confirm team members
    • Step 5. Conduct first orientation meeting
    • Step 6. Conduct regular council meetings
    • Step 7. Elicit public relations support and community engagement
    • Step 8. Conclude with a meeting
    • Step 9. Measure success
    • Step 10. Sustain the partnership model
  • Related resources
  • Example tools (to be adopted and adapted to meet the specific needs of the setting in which they will be utilized)
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  • Release Date: 09/2007
  • Review Date: 04/2008
  • Recent Summary: 09/2008
  • Original Summary: 03/2008
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Last updated: October 09, 2013.