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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Rosemary Gibson, MSc, The Patient's Role in Safety, March 2007
Patients have three roles in improving patient safety: helping to ensure their own safety, working with health care organizations to improve safety at the organization and unit level, and advocating as citizens for public reporting and accountability of hospital and health system performance. The following case illustrates how patients can help ensure their own safety.
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
Health Literacy and Safety, February-March 2009
Dean Schillinger, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and Chief of the California Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. His role as a practicing clinician at a safety net hospital (San Francisco General Hospital) has put him in a unique position to pursue influential and relevant research related to health literacy and improving care for vulnerable populations.
The Medication Errors Panel. Sacramento, CA: California State Senate; March 2007.
This report shares findings from an expert panel convened to study the causes of medication error in the outpatient setting and provide recommendations for reducing errors associated with prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Smerd J. Workforce Management. June 11, 2007;1, 16-19.
This article discusses the financial impact on employers when an employee is affected by medical error.
Journal Article > Review
Interventions to improve safe and effective medicines use by consumers: an overview of systematic reviews.
Ryan R, Santesso N, Lowe D, et al. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014;4:CD007768.
This review describes how researchers identified and analyzed systematic reviews on interventions to augment safe medication use. The authors provide an overview of safety improvement strategies, such as reminders and financial incentives. Medication self-management programs generally enhanced medication safety and health outcomes, but more research is needed for clinically complex populations and technology-enabled strategies.