Author(s): Berman S
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Abstract BACKGROUND: More than 200 health care policy makers and researchers, clinicians, quality professionals, and other representatives of health care organizations, government, and academia attended the Division of American Medical Association Clinical Quality Improvement's conference, "Addressing Patient Safety," April 28, 2000, in Chicago--the first national conference to respond to the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. ADDRESSING PATIENT SAFETY--PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PERSPECTIVES: John M. Eisenberg, MD, stated that research on errors is needed to describe the scope and nature of the problem, understand the barriers to and benefits of improvement, and develop and test strategies for improvement. Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, stated that the National Quality Forum will develop a compendium of best practices and will develop core measures for serious adverse events, and health care organizations and government health programs should act now to make a clear organizational commitment to patient safety, create a nonpunitive health care culture of safety, and implement known safe medication practices. Alan R. Nelson, MD, stated that the IOM report places its emphasis on continuous quality improvement and technology that can be used to mitigate the risks in a complex health system. HOSPITAL AND ACCREDITATION AGENCY ACTIVITIES ON PATIENT SAFETY ISSUES: Donald M. Nielsen, MD, discussed the American Hospital Association's (AHA's) Medication Safety Initiative, which promised to provide its members with successful practices, tools, and resources and to track progress of implementation of the recommended successful practices. Dennis S. O'Leary, MD, stated that when a hospital reports a sentinel event, the hospital is expected to implement improvements to reduce risk and monitor their effectiveness. The National Committee for Quality Assurance is considering changes to its accreditation standards to further address patient safety.
This article was published in Jt Comm J Qual Improv
and referenced in Health Economics & Outcome Research: Open Access