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Improving Patient Safety through Transparency
Kachalia, A. (2013). The New England Journal of Medicine, 369:1677-1679.
U.S. health care institutions have begun promoting transparency to improve the safety of care. Their success will require a collective understanding of the importance of transparency as well as a strong commitment to openness.
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A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care
James, JT. (2013). Journal of Patient Safety.
Original estimates of the number of patients that die each year from medical mistakes are now 3 decades old. This study provides an updated estimate is developed from modern studies published from 2008 to 2011.
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Strategies to Improve Patient Safety: The Evidence Base Matures
Wachter, RM, Pronovost, P,Shekelle, P. (2013). Annals of Internal Medicine. 158 (5 Part 1):350-352.
A reexamination of the evidence behind key patient safety strategies involving several systematic reviews that addressed the effectiveness of particular practices, paying attention to the importance of implementation, context, and any unintended consequences of safety interventions.
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Making Health Care Safer II: An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, March 2013
This report updates a 2001 report that analyzed the strength of evidence for patient safety practices in use at that time. The 2013 report analyzed a growing body of patient safety research to determine the level of evidence regarding the outcomes, as well as implementation, adoption, and the context in which safety strategies have been used.
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Health Policy Brief: Patient Engagement
Health Affairs, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Brief - February 14, 2013
People actively involved in their health and health care tend to have better outcomes—and, some evidence suggests, lower costs. This Health Policy Brief summarizes key findings on patient engagement published in the February 2013 issue of Health Affairs.
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