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Perspectives on Safety > Interview
New Insights on Safety and Health IT, July/August 2015
Dr. Wachter is Professor and the Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine at UCSF. We talked with him about his new book, The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine's Computer Age.
Journal Article > Study
Agoritsas T, Bovier PA, Perneger TV. J Gen Intern Med. 2005;20:922-928.
The authors surveyed adults recently discharged from a Swiss hospital and found that patients can effectively pinpoint in-hospital adverse events.
Meeting/Conference > Government Resource
This Web site provides access to presentation materials from AHRQ's first annual conference, held in September 2007.
Journal Article > Commentary
Detsky ME, Etchells E. JAMA. 2008;300:954-956.
Providing patient-centered care continues to be a goal in both clinical settings and from a systems standpoint. While single-patient rooms have been associated with patients feeling safer, there is some debate about whether patients' satisfaction equates to their safety. This commentary advocates for single-patient rooms as a method to become more patient-centered, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce the incidence of nosocomial infections. The authors also point out important considerations with such a strategy, including costs and potential changes in workflow and related processes. However, they conclude that efforts at hospital design could have greater impact on patient safety and satisfaction than efforts at changing hospital culture.