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Oakbrook Terrace, IL: The Joint Commission; 2007.
Low health literacy is a recognized patient safety problem. Prior research has demonstrated that patients with impaired health literacy have difficulty comprehending prescription instructions and warnings. This Joint Commission report, developed by an expert panel, contains specific recommendations for improving provider–patient communication, in order to ameliorate the problem of low health literacy as much as possible. The report recommends that organizations establish communication as a patient safety priority and calls for financial support for patient-centered care initiatives.
Parker L. USA Today. December 19, 2006.
This article reports on the case of an elderly patient whose advance directive wasn't followed and discusses the impact of this omission.
PA-PSRS Patient Saf Advis. March 2006;3:13-19.
This article addresses strategies for minimizing patient safety risks related to interactions with health care industry representatives, as well as the role they can play in promoting safety.
Klein A. The Washington Post. December 11, 2005:A01.
This article reports on the reuse of single-use medical instruments, discussing both the benefits and risks of the practice.