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Med J Aust. 2006;184:S37-S72.
This special issue includes numerous articles reviewing the activities and successes of the patient safety movement outside the United States.
Journal Article > Commentary
Description and evaluation of an interprofessional patient safety course for health professions and related sciences students.
Galt KA, Paschal KA, O'Brien RL, et al. J Patient Saf. 2006;2:207-216.
As the science of patient safety evolves, methods for teaching patient safety concepts are being developed as well. This article describes the development of a formal curriculum in patient safety that sought to enroll students in all health professions (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical/occupational therapy, dentistry, social work, and law). The course sought to communicate the basic concepts of patient safety, including the science of errors, the culture of safety, and the use of evidence to improve patient safety. The authors discuss the challenges of enrolling students from different disciplines and students' perceptions of the course.
Journal Article > Study
Curran VR, Sharpe D, Forristall J. Med Educ. 2007;41:892-896.
This survey evaluated perceptions of the relative importance of interprofessional education and collaboration among medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work faculty at an academic medical center.
Journal Article > Study
'You have to face your mistakes in the street': the contextual keys that shape health service access and health workers' experiences in rural areas.
Allan J, Ball P, Alston M. Rural Remote Health. 2008;8:835.
Drawing from qualitative interviews with pharmacists and social workers, investigators determined that access to rural health services is affected by individual concerns about privacy and confidentiality, and by the reputation and value system of the health care worker.
WIHI. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement. March 31, 2010.
This audio program shares insights from the Lucian Leape Institute report on incorporating safety fundamentals into medical school curriculum.
Decerbo M. Pharmacy Practice News. September 13, 2018.
Parenteral nutrition errors can result in patient malnutrition and harm. Reporting on how insufficient understanding of malnutrition contributes to its presence in health care, this news article suggests that both general guidelines and tailored approaches to nutrition are necessary to keep hospitalized patients safe. Improvements in addressing the complicated needs of patients who are older or have cancer illustrate progress made toward the effective delivery of nutrition.