AHRQ Common Formats


AHRQ Common Formats


The Common Formats, authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, facilitate Patient Safety Organization (PSO) collection of patient safety work product from health care providers in a standardized manner. Use of these forms will assure consistency of reporting among PSOs as they begin to aggregate patient safety event information. The formats are being used by health care providers and PSOs to report a comprehensive range of patient safety concerns, capturing both structured and narrative information.

Common Formats Version 1.2 replaces Version 1.1.

Version 1.2 has two categories of documents:

  • Event descriptions, sample reports, and forms
  • Technical specifications



Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2008
Review Date: 2013
Recent Summary: April 2014
Original Summary: October 2008
Last Updated: 05/21/14

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