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Search results for "Ambulatory Care"
Famolaro T, Yount ND, Hare R, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 19-0033.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality conducts safety culture surveys in a wide variety of clinical settings and makes the results publicly available on a regular basis. This report contains responses to the Community Pharmacy Survey on Patient Safety Culture from 331 participating pharmacies, most of which were chain drugstores or pharmacies within integrated health systems. The areas of strength were similar to the 2015 report, with most community pharmacies scoring well for patient counseling and openness of communication regarding unsafe situations. Inadequate staffing and production pressures were the commonly identified barriers to safety. A PSNet perspective explored safety issues in the community pharmacy setting in detail.
Hochman M, Bourgoin A, Saluja S, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; March 2019. AHRQ Publication No. 18(19)-0055-EF.
Programs are in place to address hospital discharge process gaps that contribute to readmissions. This report summarizes research on primary care perspectives on reducing readmissions. Interventions identified include automated alerting to primary care providers when patients are hospitalized and the patient-centered medical home model.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; January 2019. Publication GAO-19-197.
Record matching problems can have serious clinical impacts on patients. This report explores how to optimize demographic data integrity to improve patient record matching, as identifying information is increasingly integrated into shared record keeping systems. The investigation determined strategies to improve matching such as implementing standard data formats and disseminating best practices.
Famolaro T, Yount N, Hare R, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2018. AHRQ Publication No. 18-0030-EF.
A vibrant culture of safety is critical to achieving high reliability in health care. Organizations with stronger safety culture boast lower in-hospital mortality and fewer surgical site infections. The AHRQ Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture was designed to evaluate safety culture in outpatient clinics. The 2018 comparative database report assessed 10 safety culture domains in nearly 2500 ambulatory care practices. Respondents reported high rates of teamwork and strong systems for patient follow-up. Many practices identified productivity pressures and work pace as safety hazards. Although the practices surveyed are not nationally representative, they do allow leaders and scientists to compare safety culture across practices and time. A past WebM&M commentary examined safety hazards associated with productivity pressures in health care.
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; March 2019.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2018 report summarizes information about 384 adverse events that were reported and found pressure ulcers and invasive procedure events increased, while fall-related deaths decreased. Reports from previous years are also available.
Davis K, Collier S, Situ J, Coe M, Cleary-Fishman M. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2017. AHRQ Publication No. 1800051EF.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2017. AHRQ Publication No. 17-M018-1-EF.
Clinician burnout can affect patient safety. This report highlights AHRQ-supported research to examine burnout in health care as well as efforts to develop and test interventions for managing and reducing burnout in the care environment. Key findings include the high prevalence of burnout among United States clinicians and the identification of factors that contribute to burnout, such as short visits, complicated patients, and electronic health record stress. The report also outlines interventions that require additional testing to effectively reduce clinician burnout. An Annual Perspective discussed the relationship between burnout and patient safety and reviewed strategies to address burnout among clinicians.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; April 2018.
Patient engagement in the process of care is important to improve safety in primary care. This guide includes case studies and highlights handoffs, teach-back, tools to prepare patients for appointments, and brown-bag medication management as strategies to encourage patients and caregivers to participate in safety.
Shekelle, PG, Sarkar U, Shojania K, et al. Technical Brief No. 27. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 2016. AHRQ Publication No. 16-EHC033-EF.
Most patient safety research and initiatives have focused on the hospital environment, despite the fact that much of health care is delivered in outpatient settings. This technical brief explores gaps in the evidence base that hinder understanding of safety concerns and factors unique to ambulatory care. The evidence review supports use of pharmacist interventions to augment medication safety in outpatient settings. The authors also found that electronic health records have mixed effects on ambulatory safety. Key informants interviewed for the brief noted that studies on patient engagement and diagnostic error are lacking.
Evidence-based Practice Center. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; October 19, 2016.
The primary focus on patient safety research has been in the hospital environment, but the majority of care is delivered in the ambulatory setting. This technical brief discusses the existing evidence on hospital-based safety interventions that have the potential to be implemented in ambulatory care. Strategies with moderate evidence include e-prescribing, pharmacist involvement, and hospital-to-ambulatory care transitions.
Characterising the nature of primary care patient safety incident reports in the England and Wales National Reporting and Learning System: a mixed-methods agenda-setting study for general practice.
Carson-Stevens A, Hibbert P, Williams H, et al. Health Services and Delivery Research. Southampton, UK: NIHR Journals Library; 2016.
Management and analysis of incident reporting data must be enhanced in order to realize the potential for learning and improvement from reporting activities. This publication explored primary care incidents reported in England and Wales over an 8-year period. Investigators found inconsistencies and gaps in information collected, including a lack of defined reasons explaining why incidents occurred. Despite weaknesses in the data, they were able to categorize the types of incidents and prioritize system improvements needed to optimize incident reporting as a patient safety improvement strategy.
Rizk S, Oguntebi G, Graber ML, Johnston D. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International; 2016.
Standard term selection tools—like pick lists or drop-down menus—in information technology can create opportunities for user error due to human factors. This publication explores how mistakes such as selecting the wrong drug from an ordering pick list can occur in the ambulatory environment. The report includes recommendations and resources to help enhance medication safety when using these tools.
Washington, DC: Commission on Care; June 2016.
The Veterans Affairs health system has recently faced challenges associated with access and quality. Providing an assessment of the current and future state of the Veterans Health Administration, this report determined that care quality often meets or exceeds expectations but that quality varies from location to location. The authors outline recommendations for system improvements to ensure the safety of care delivery.
Famolaro T, Yount ND, Hare R, Thornton S, Sorra J. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2016. AHRQ Publication No. 16-0028-EF.
For more than a decade, the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture has been used in hospitals to evaluate aspects of local organizational culture that affect patient safety. Improved patient safety culture scores have been associated with reduced adverse events and better patient outcomes. The Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture expands this widely used tool for application in the medical office setting. The 2016 User Comparative Database includes data from more than 25,000 respondents across 1,528 medical offices that completed the survey between 2013 and 2015. As with similar databases for hospitals and pharmacies, this resource serves as a tool for benchmarking performance and identifying potential areas for improvement. Teamwork and patient care tracking received the strongest positive scores, whereas work pressure and pace was identified as the area with the most potential for improvement. A prior PSNet perspective discussed establishing a safety culture.
Improving Patient Safety in Ambulatory Surgery Centers: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Ambulatory Surgery Center Survey on Patient Safety Culture.
Rockville, MD; Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research; March 2016.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; September 2016. AHRQ Publication No. 16-0035-2-EF.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; March 18, 2016. Publication GAO-16-328.
This analysis found that scheduling problems among patients seeking primary care from Veterans Affairs health systems continue to occur. The report outlines weaknesses in the data collected to measure and evaluate veterans' access to primary care and spotlights the need to develop and disseminate a comprehensive policy for Veterans Affairs schedulers to reduce risk of scheduling errors.
Zheng K, Ciemins EL, Lanham HJ, Lindberg C. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2015. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0058-EF.
Ineffective implementation of health information technology (IT) can result in workarounds and other workflow changes that disrupt care delivery. This report examines how health IT implementation can affect clinician and staff workload in the ambulatory care environment, including increase interruptions and multitasking, and recommends workload considerations to enable staff to adapt to changes in practice.
Famolaro T, Yount N, Sorra J, et al. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2015. AHRQ Publication No. 15-0041-EF.
This survey expands AHRQ's patient safety culture work to the community pharmacy setting. Approximately 1600 pharmacy staff from 255 community pharmacies voluntarily completed the survey between 2013 and 2014. The database is meant to allow for comparison and benchmarking of safety cultures across pharmacies. However, the current response rate represents less than 1% of total community pharmacies in the United States, and more than half of respondents were chain drugstores or integrated health systems. Most community pharmacies scored well for patient counseling and communication openness, while staffing, work pressure, and pace represented the biggest areas for potential improvement. A prior AHRQ WebM&M interview with J. Bryan Sexton explored the relationship between culture and patient safety.
London, UK: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; November 26, 2014.
The National Health Service broadly reports the results of system-level analyses and investigations into trust-specific failures. This publication is the first in a series that will provide information about complaints submitted to trusts (from 2013 to 2014 and in the first half of 2014 to 2015) to track complaints received and responded to, identify common themes, and uncover recurring problems in an effort to enable organizations to improve processes for managing complaints.