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Lorincz CY, Drazen E, Sokol PE, et al. Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; 2011.
Although traditionally the majority of patient safety efforts have focused on inpatient care, the overwhelming bulk of health care actually takes place in the ambulatory setting. Accordingly, the scope of widespread documented adverse events among outpatients is vast. Updating a previous report, this publication analyzes efforts to improve patient safety in ambulatory care over the past decade and identifies gaps that future research should address. Dr. Richard Baron discusses patient safety in the office setting in an AHRQ WebM&M perspective.
Valdez RS, Ramly E, Brennan PF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2010. AHRQ Publication No. 10-0079-EF.
This workshop report explores why efforts to apply industrial and systems engineering (ISyE) knowledge to health care have been generally unsuccessful and suggests a research and action agenda using ISyE knowledge to create an ideal health care delivery system.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; July 2008. AHRQ Publication Nos. 080034 (1-4).
The 115 articles freely available in this latest issue of AHRQ's Advances in Patient Safety represent the state of the art in patient safety. Serving as an update and extension to the prior volume, the articles are grouped into four major content areas—assessment, culture and redesign, performance and tools, and technology and medication safety—and are freely available online through the link below.
Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; February 2005. AHRQ Publication Nos. 050021 (1-4).
With 4 volumes and 140 articles (all of which are freely available through the link below), this expansive collection of literature illustrates the progress made since the 1999 Institute of Medicine's report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. The efforts represent a successful collaboration between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Department of Defense-Health Affairs in meeting the challenge of improving patient safety knowledge, research, and implementation.