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Submit a Case

How it works

Health care professionals may submit de-identified cases to AHRQ PSNet WebM&M that feature patient safety and health care quality issues, illustrated by patient safety events or medical errors. AHRQ PSNet WebM&M is an educational journal published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When a case is selected, WebM&M editors invite an expert author to write a commentary based on the case. Submitters of selected cases will receive a $300 honorarium. View additional information on selection criteria and honorarium.

Write Your Case Pen

1. Write your case

This form will be submitted to AHRQ’s Patient Safety Network (PSNet) program, and should only be used to submit de-identified, factual accounts of patient safety events.

Review Open Book

2. Review

You case will be reviewed by the PSNet editors team. You should expect an email reply regarding their submission (selected or not) within 10–12 weeks.

Decision Person Checkmark

3. Decision

When a case is selected, the editors invite an expert author to write a commentary based on the case.

  • Do not include any personally identifiable (patient or provider) information, and do not disclose institution names, locations, or any other information that may serve to identify a patient or provider.
  • Do not use this form to submit an article to WebM&M. If you would like to contact the editors, send a question, comment, or suggestion, or provide feedback on this website, please Contact Us.
  • AHRQ’s PSNet is not a confidential patient safety reporting system or a patient safety organization. Information that is privileged and confidential under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (information that is “patient safety work product”) should NOT be submitted to AHRQ PSNet WebM&M.
  • The information submitted to WebM&M is subject to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552. AHRQ may decline to review or accept a submission for any reason in its sole discretion. PSNet does not provide expert witness services or adjudicate claims of medical error.
Please recommend an appropriate title for the case. (20 words maximum)
Briefly describe the patient (much as you would in a case summary) at the time of the event of interest. (250 words maximum)
Describe the nature of the error and any relevant events or contributing factors. (250 words maximum)
Briefly describe the impact of the error on the patient and state whether or not the patient was harmed at all or required increased level of care, even if only temporary. (250 words maximum)
If not noted above, briefly describe how the error was recognized. (250 words maximum)
Briefly, describe your suggestions for how providers or systems might prevent similar errors from happening in the future. (250 words maximum)

AHRQ WebM&M is an educational journal. Please note that cases submitted to our site are not forwarded to any other reporting systems. If you believe it would be desirable (or, in the case of mandatory reporting systems, required) to report your case to another site, please do so independent of your submission to AHRQ WebM&M.

Follow Up Email

Enter your email so that we can contact you in the event that your submitted case is selected.