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Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices, Evidence Report/Technology Assessment


This evidence report presents practices relevant to improving patient safety, focusing on hospital care, nursing homes, ambulatory care, and patient self-management. It defines patient safety practices, provides a critical appraisal of the evidence, rates the practices, and identifies opportunities for future research.

The report addresses the following topics:
  • Reporting and responding to patient safety problems
  • Patient safety practices and targets
    • Adverse drug events
    • Infection control
    • Surgery, anesthesia, and perioperative medicine
    • Safety practices for hospitalized or institutionalized elders
    • General clinical topics
    • Organization, structure, and culture
    • Systems issues and human factors
    • Role of the patient
  • Promoting and implementing safety practices
  • Analyzing the practices
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University of California, San Francisco-Stanford Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC)

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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  • Release Date: 07/2001
  • Original Summary: 08/2003
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Last updated: October 09, 2013.