The AHRQ PSNet Collection comprises an extensive selection of resources relevant to the patient safety community. These resources come in a variety of formats, including literature, research, tools, and Web sites. Resources are identified using the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database, various news and content aggregators, and the expertise of the AHRQ PSNet editorial and technical teams.
Wilson C, Janes G, Lawton R, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2023;32:573-588.
Feedback interventions (e.g., debriefing, peer-to-peer, audit, and feedback) can encourage learning from safety events and improve quality of care. This systematic review of 48 studies found that providing feedback to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can improve documentation and adherence to protocols, with some studies also documenting improvements in clinical decision-making and cardiac arrest performance.
Black GB, Lyratzopoulos G, Vincent CA, et al. BMJ. 2023;380:e071225.
Primary care often initiates a diagnostic process that is vulnerable to miscommunication, uncertainty, and delay. This commentary examines how cancer diagnosis delay in primary care occurs. The authors suggest a systems approach targeting interconnected process elements including enhanced use of information technology to help with monitoring and care coordination to realize and sustain improvement.
Averill P, Vincent CA, Reen G, et al. Health Expect. 2023;26:51-63.
Patient safety research on inpatient psychiatric care is expanding, but less is known about outpatient mental health patient safety. This review of safety in community-based mental health services revealed several challenges, including defining preventable safety events. Additionally, safety research has focused on harm caused by the patient instead of harm caused by mental health services, such as delays in access or diagnosis.
McInerney C, Benn J, Dowding D, et al. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2022;290:364-368.
Digital health tools are increasingly used across all areas of the healthcare system. In this study, researchers convened an interdisciplinary expert panel to identify patient safety concerns associated with emerging digital health technologies and to outline recommendations to address these concerns.
Wade C, Malhotra AM, McGuire P, et al. BMJ. 2022;376:e067090.
The role of healthcare disparities in patient safety is an emerging priority. This article summarizes disparities in preventable harm and outlines solutions to reducing inequalities in patient safety at the individual-, leadership-, and system-levels, such as identifying clear chains of accountability for adverse events and improving incident measurement and analysis specific to marginalized patient groups.
Chaudhry NT, Franklin BD, Mohammed S, et al. Pharmacy (Basel). 2021;9:198.
… barriers for SUD. … Chaudhry NT, Franklin BD, Mohammed S, Benn J. The secondary use of data to support medication safety in the hospital setting: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. Pharmacy …
Wu AW, Vincent CA, Shapiro DW, et al. J Patient Saf Risk Manag. 2021;26:93-96.
… J Patient Saf Risk Manag … The July effect is a phenomenon that presumably results in poor care due to the … active, independent practice . The authors discuss how a systemic approach is required to situate these … to provide the safest care possible. … Wu AW, Vincent C, Shapiro DW, et al. Mitigating the July effect. J …
Marang-van de Mheen PJ, Vincent CA. BMJ Qual Saf. 2021;30:525-528.
… effect. The authors propose viewing the weekend effect as a proxy for staffing levels and the influence of other … or other ancillary services. … Marang-van de Mheen PJ, Vincent C. Moving beyond the weekend effect: how can we best …
Rodrigo Rincón I, Irigoyen Aristorena I, Tirapu León B, et al. BMC Health Serv Res. 2021;21:31.
Engaging patients and families is an essential part of identifying and preventing patient safety events. This study found that an educational intervention providing patients and families with the skills necessary to audit four safe practices (patient identification, hand hygiene, blood or chemotherapy identification, and related side effects) can provide healthcare organizations with valuable quality and safety information.
Vincent CA, Mboga M, Gathara D, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2021;106:333-337.
… Arch Dis Child … In the second of a two-part series , using examples from newborn units, the authors present a framework for supporting practitioners in low-resource … and (4) enhancing responses to hazardous situations. … Vincent CA, Mboga M, Gathara D, et al. Arch Dis Child. Epub …
English M, Ogola M, Aluvaala J, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2021;106:326-332.
… proactively identify patient safety risks. In the first of a two-part series , the authors draw on the Systems … framework to discuss the strengths and challenge of a low-resource newborn unit from a systems perspective and SEIPS’ implications for patient …
Braithwaite J, Vincent CA, Garcia-Elorrio E, et al. BMC Med. 2020;18:340.
Delivering high-quality, safe healthcare requires coordination and integration of complex systems and activities. The authors propose three initiatives to further practical opportunities for transforming health systems across the world – a country-specific blueprint for change, tangible steps to reduce inequities within and across health systems, and learning from both errors and successes to improve safe care delivery.
Wu AW, Sax H, Letaief M, et al. J Patient Saf Risk Manag. 2020;25:137-141.
In this editorial, patient safety experts discuss threats to healthcare safety and quality due to the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g., failures in infection prevention and control, diagnostic errors, issues with laboratory testing) and highlight positive changes and opportunities, such as improved care coordination, supply chain innovations, accelerated learning, expansion of telemedicine, and prioritizing the safety and well-being of health care workers.
Wu AW, Buckle P, Haut ER, et al. J Patient Saf Risk Manag. 2020;25:93-96.
This editorial discusses priority areas for maintaining and promoting the well-being of the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic. The authors discuss the importance of providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), supporting basic daily needs (e.g., provision of in-hospital food stores), ensuring frequent and visible communication, supporting mental and emotional well-being, addressing ethical concerns, promoting wellness, and showing gratitude for staff.
Staines A, Amalberti R, Berwick DM, et al. Int J Qual Health Care. 2021;33:mzaa050.
… J Qual Health Care … The authors of this editorial propose a five-step strategy for patient safety and quality … the learning system to develop resilience . … Staines A, Amalberti R, Berwick DM, et al. COVID-19: patient safety …
Nawaz RF, Page B, Harrop E, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2020;105:446-451.
This analysis of 220 national incident data from England and Wales’ National Reporting and Learning System sought to identify safety concerns experienced by children on long-term ventilation at home. The most common problems were with the equipment and devices (e.g., faulty or damaged equipment) or procedures and treatment (e.g. tracheostomy tube becomes dislodged). The reports clearly stated harm to the child in 41% of incidents, such as emergency tracheostomy change or hospital admission. Identified contributory factors involved the patients, staff performance, family caregivers, equipment, organizational, and environmental features.
Amelung D, Whitaker KL, Lennard D, et al. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019;29:198-208.
… did not align in their perception of the seriousness of a given symptom. The authors theorized that misalignment … testing and deterioration in patient–physician trust. A WebM&M commentary described how the cost of a diagnostic test led to a late diagnosis of colon cancer. …
Amalberti R, Vincent CA. BMJ Qual Saf. 2020;29:60-63.
… BMJ Qual Saf … BMJ Qual Saf … Health care is considered a high-risk industry due to clinical, administrative, … economic, and regulatory stressors. This review explores a range of approaches to managing the safety of patients in …