Perspectives on Safety
Narrow Results Clear All
- Communication Improvement 6
- Culture of Safety 11
Education and Training
- Students 1
- Error Reporting and Analysis 21
- Human Factors Engineering 5
- Legal and Policy Approaches 31
- Logistical Approaches 3
- Quality Improvement Strategies 25
- Teamwork 4
- Technologic Approaches 6
- Alert fatigue 1
- Diagnostic Errors 1
- Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation 3
- Medical Complications 4
- Medication Safety 3
- Nonsurgical Procedural Complications 1
- Psychological and Social Complications 1
- Surgical Complications 1
- Family Members and Caregivers 1
- Health Care Executives and Administrators
Health Care Providers
- Nurses 1
Non-Health Care Professionals
- Media 1
- Patients 1
with commentary by Audrey Lyndon, RN, PhD, 2018
This perspective examines the troubling decline in maternal health outcomes in the United States and summarizes recent national initiatives to improve safety in maternity care.
Lean and Patient Safety, January 2015
Mr. Graban is an internationally recognized expert in Lean Healthcare. We spoke with him about applying Lean in hospitals to improve safety and decrease waste.
with commentary by Paul E. Plsek, MS, Lean and Patient Safety, January 2015
This book excerpt describes how integrating innovation and Lean concepts at Virginia Mason enhances clinical performance and the patient experience.
Global Patient Safety, December 2014
Dr. Kelley, PhD, is Director of Service Delivery and Safety for the World Health Organization (WHO). We spoke with him about his work with WHO and the global impact of the organization on patient safety.
with commentary by Shams B. Syed, MD, MPH, Global Patient Safety, December 2014
This piece describes the evolution of the World Health Organization's African Partnerships for Patient Safety program and its implications for global patient safety improvement.
Overuse as a Patient Safety Problem, September 2014
Ms. Gibson is Senior Advisor to The Hastings Center, an editor for JAMA Internal Medicine, and co-author of Wall of Silence and The Treatment Trap. We spoke with her about overuse of medical care and its effect on patient safety.
with commentary by Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD, MS, Safety in the Ambulatory Setting, July-August 2014
This piece describes the new landscape of patient safety in outpatient care, including elements adapted from hospital settings and the growing evidence base for ambulatory-specific efforts.
with commentary by Helen Haskell, MA, Patient Advocacy, June 2014
This piece describes the evolution of the patient advocacy movement, including the events that spurred it, resulting reforms, and the impact of online access to medical information.
National Organizations in Safety, April 2014
Dr. Gandhi is President of the National Patient Safety Foundation and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. We spoke with her about NPSF's evolving role in enhancing health care at a national level.
with commentary by Susan S. Huang, MD, MPH, Infection Prevention and Patient Safety, March 2014
This piece describes the history around efforts to address preventable health care–associated infections, including federal initiatives and further research avenues to consider.
Pay-for-Performance: Implications for Patient Safety, May 2013
Harvard internist Dr. Jha is a national leader in policy issues related to safety and quality.
with commentary by Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, Pay-for-Performance: Implications for Patient Safety, May 2013
This piece discusses efforts to promote the business case for safety and quality in health care.
Update on Sleep Deprivation, April 2013
Christopher P. Landrigan, MD, MPH, of Brigham and Women's Hospital has performed key studies on how sleep deprivation affects clinicians and strategies to mitigate such fatigue to improve patient safety, including seminal articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2004 and 2010.
with commentary by Kathlyn E. Fletcher, MD, MA; Darcy A. Reed, MD, MPH, Update on Sleep Deprivation, April 2013
This article discusses evidence surrounding the impact of resident duty hour limits on safety in health care.
Nurse Staffing and Patient Safety, September 2012
Prof. Needleman has performed some of the key studies on how the nursing workforce influences health outcomes, including seminal articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and 2011.
Health IT and Patient Safety, July 2012
Dr. Blumenthal recently returned to Harvard after a 2-year stint as the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, where he was responsible for implementing the “Meaningful Use” health care IT incentive system in American hospitals and clinics.
with commentary by Ross Koppel, PhD, Health IT and Patient Safety, July 2012
This piece examines the promised benefits of health information technology alongside the challenges of implementation and idiosyncrasies of available systems.
Safety in the UK, June 2012
Professor Vincent, a psychologist by training, is one of the world’s leading patient safety researchers.
with commentary by Robert M. Wachter, MD, Safety in the UK, June 2012
This piece examines differences in the patient safety movements in the UK and US, as seen through the eyes of an American safety expert who spent 6 months in England last year.
with commentary by Allen Kachalia, MD, JD, Disclosing Errors and Other Innovations in Risk Management, March 2012
This piece describes how evidence-based improvements to the medical liability system could influence both accountability and compensation for errors.