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20 years after To Err Is Human: a bibliometric analysis of ‘the IOM report’s’ impact on research on patient safety.

St.Pierre M, Grawe P, Bergstrom J, et al. 20 years after To Err Is Human: a bibliometric analysis of ‘the IOM report’s’ impact on research on patient safety. Safety Sci. 2022;147:105593. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105593

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January 26, 2022
St.Pierre M, Grawe P, Bergström J, et al. Safety Sci. 2021;147:105593.

The release of the Institute of Medicine (IOM)’s To Err is Human report in 1999 was a seminal moment in the patient safety movement. This bibliometric analysis found that the report has been mentioned in over 20,000 scientific publications since 2000, but that the themes of recent research do not necessarily align with the initial focus of the IOM report. For example, research on incident reporting and systems approaches to improving safety are underrepresented relative to their emphasis in the IOM report.

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St.Pierre M, Grawe P, Bergstrom J, et al. 20 years after To Err Is Human: a bibliometric analysis of ‘the IOM report’s’ impact on research on patient safety. Safety Sci. 2022;147:105593. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2021.105593