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(AHRQ) Medical Errors & Patient Safety Update


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(AHRQ) Medical Errors & Patient Safety Update

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Medical Errors & Patient Safety Update

AHRQ Awards Contract to Develop Criteria to Assess the Evidence Base for Patient Safety Practices On January 8, AHRQ awarded a contract to develop a set of criteria to be used for assessing the evidence base for the effectiveness and safety of patient safety practices (PSPs) in future evidence reviews and for use by implementers of PSPs. The $1 million contract, Assessing the Evidence for Context-Sensitive Effectiveness and Safety of Patient Safety Practices: Developing Criteria was awarded to RAND, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of California-San Francisco, working in partnership with the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and a technical expert panel. AHRQ recognizes that there is a need for a suitable set of criteria by which to assess which patient safety practices will work and are safe in specific settings. All across the country, providers, hospitals, health systems and policymakers are attempting to improve the safety of patient care, and are looking for guidance on what works. This 1-year initiative will be the first to take into account the complexity of patent safety interventions in the real world and tie those components to research and evaluation considerations. Those considerations include assessment of theoretical models for designing PSPs and the usefulness of innovative methods for evaluating intervention results. For more information, please contact the AHRQ Project Officer, Denise Dougherty, at or 301.427-1868.

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