Patient Safety in the Home: Assessment of Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities.

Carpenter D; Famolaro T; Hassell S; Kaeberle B; Reefer S; Robins C; Siegel S; Institute for Healthcare Improvement; IHI.

The ambulatory environment presents unique situations that can introduce safety challenges into care processes. This report explores factors in home-based care that can affect patient safety, including insufficient household readiness for patients and poor communication between caregivers, patients, and the medical team. The authors recommend areas of research to address the gaps in understanding how to improve patient safety in the home.