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PSNet: Patient Safety Network
Journal Article

How do black-serving hospitals perform on patient safety indicators?: Implications for national public reporting and pay-for-performance.

Ly DP, Lopez L, Isaac T, et al. Med Care. 2010;48(12):1133-1137.

Hospitals that serve a higher proportion of African American patients had consistently higher rates of patient safety events (as measured by the AHRQ Patient Safety Indicators). The safety events occurred at higher rates in both black and white patients at these hospitals. An AHRQ WebM&M interview discusses the unique challenges of patient safety in safety net hospitals.