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Classics and Emerging Classics

To help our readers navigate the tremendous breadth of the PSNet Collection, AHRQ PSNet editors and advisors have given the designation of “Classic” to review articles, empirical studies, government and stakeholder reports, commentaries, and books of lasting importance to the patient safety field. These items have the potential to impact how providers approach care practice and are regularly referenced in the literature. More information on the selection process.


The “Emerging Classics” designation identifies those resources that may not have met the level of a “Classic” yet due to limited citation in the published literature or in the level of impact/contribution to the environment, but these are resources which our patient safety subject matter experts believe have the potential to drive change in the field.

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Huang SS, Septimus E, Kleinman K, et al. N Engl J Med. 2013;368.

Healthcare associated infection is a leading cause of preventable illness and death. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a virulent, multi-drug resistant infection increasingly seen across healthcare settings. This pragmatic,... Read More

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Millenson ML. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press; 1999. ISBN: 9780226525884.

Millenson, a Pulitzer-nominated former health care writer, discusses the health care quality movement and the increasingly important role of information technology in both measuring and promoting quality. He covers a broad range of topics in a somewhat journalistic tone, from quality assessment to evidence-based medicine, from accountability to pay-for-performance. Although the book is nearly a decade old, it remains important for having laid out a vision for the use of information and computerization in assessing and promoting quality. Although the book includes sections on patient safety, its strengths are those on quality assessment and improvement.