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Safety Is Personal: Partnering With Patients and Families for the Safest Care.

NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Roundtable on Consumer Engagement in Patient Safety. Boston, MA: National Patient Safety Foundation; March 2014.

The National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute recently convened two roundtables to discuss engaging patients and families in improving patient safety. This report describes the current landscape of patient engagement efforts, along with the potential benefits and challenges. To facilitate more productive partnerships in ensuring safety, the group provides recommendations and checklists for health care leaders, clinicians, patients, families, and policymakers. They advocate for patients to be equal partners in organizational and clinician care improvement activities. Patients are encouraged to feel empowered to ask questions and to actively participate in their care plans. A recent AHRQ WebM&M perspective explores the role of patient engagement in safety.