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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.

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Perspective on Safety December 22, 2020
… spearhead innovation in the field. … Authors … Elsabeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD is a professor at the University … focus on using data for electronic health records. Muhammad F. Walji, PhD is the Associate Dean for Technology … to improve the safety and quality of oral healthcare. … Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD … Professor University of …

This piece discusses prevalent adverse events in dental care and the challenges in identifying these patient safety events.

Muhammad Walji

Elsabeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD is a professor at UCSF. Muhammad F. Walji, PhD is the Associate Dean for Technology Services and Informatics and professor for Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at the UT Health Science Center at Houston, School of Dentistry. We spoke to them about the identification and prevention of adverse events in dentistry.   

Obadan-Udoh E, Panwar S, Yansane A-I, et al. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2020;20:101424.
Patient safety events are common in dentistry. A survey administered to adult dental patients found that a majority of them were concerned about their safety at the dental office but that those concerns were not routinely shared with dental providers or clinic staff. Efforts to improve patient engagement and speaking up behaviors can improve safety in dentistry.
Kalenderian E, Obadan-Udoh E, Maramaldi P, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;17:e540-e356.
In this study, researchers developed and tested classification schemes for types and severity of adverse events in dentistry using medical record review and expert consensus. Pain and infection were the most common types of adverse events in the cases reviewed.
Perspective on Safety August 1, 2016
… Center for Biomedical Informatics Harvard Medical School … Muhammad F. Walji, PhD … Associate Dean for Technology … University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston … Elsbeth Kalenderian, DDS, MPH, PhD … Chair, Department of Oral Health …
This piece examines patient safety issues unique to dental care along with strategies to reduce risks.
Dr. Perea-Pérez is Director of the Spanish Observatory for Dental Patient Safety. We spoke with him about patient safety in dentistry.
Ramoni R, Walji MF, Tavares A, et al. J Dent Edu. 2014;78:745-756.
Researchers administered the AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture at three dental schools in the United States and determined that safety culture in dentistry is lacking. A past AHRQ WebM&M commentary describes a wrong-site dental surgery and recommends strategies to reduce risk of errors in this setting.