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This project was funded under contract number 75Q80119C00004 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The authors are solely responsible for this product's contents, findings, and conclusions, which do not necessarily represent the views of AHRQ. Readers should not interpret any statement in this product as an official position of AHRQ or of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. None of the authors has any affiliation or financial involvement that conflicts with the material presented in this product.

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Please note that we are only able to grant permissions for original AHRQ material. However, PSNet also presents information and links to resources, reports, and journal articles on patient safety which we do not own, which means that we cannot grant permissions for them. You would need to contact that content owner or publisher directly to request it. Again, please contact us at if you have any questions about this policy.

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