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Journal Article
Review

Improving the quality and safety of care on the medical ward: a review and synthesis of the evidence base.

Pannick S, Beveridge I, Wachter RM, et al. European journal of internal medicine. 2014;25:874-87.

This narrative review of safety efforts on general hospital wards found that most interventions encompass one or more of five areas: staffing levels, interprofessional collaboration, standardization of care such as use of checklists, rapid response to clinical deterioration, and safety culture. The authors advocate for increasing the evidence base in all of these areas, as gaps in implementation and sustainment are prevalent.