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Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Medical Errors

Tools & Resources

10 Patient Safety Tips for Hospitals
Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation
AHRQ Patient Safety Tools and ResourcesUpdated
Becoming a High Reliability Organization: Operational Advice for Hospital Leaders
Developing a Community-Based Patient Safety Advisory Council
Impact of Working Conditions on Patient Safety
Improving Health Care Quality
Improving Patient Safety Through Simulation Research
Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem
Partnerships for Quality: Fact Sheet
Patient Safety Network
Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005
Patient Safety Research in Progress: Program Brief
Priority Areas for National Action: Transforming Health Care Quality
Reducing and Preventing Adverse Drug Events To Decrease Hospital Costs
Reducing Medical Errors in Health Care: Fact Sheet
Research on Medical Errors
Transforming Hospitals: Designing for Safety and Quality
AHRQ Web M&M: Fact Sheet

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Research Findings

Research Activities: Online Newsletter 
Summarizes study findings relevant to medical errors and patient safety

Agency Press Releases
Date   Title
10/1/08 AHRQ Awards $3 Million To Help Reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Hospital ICUs
7/28/08 New AHRQ Study Finds Surgical Errors Cost Nearly $1.5 Billion Annually
1/9/08 Physicians Want To Learn from Medical Mistakes but Say Current Error-reporting Systems Are Inadequate

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Evidence Reports & Technical Reviews

Evidence Report/Technology Assessment, No. 74:
The Effect of Health Care Working Conditions on Patient Safety
Technical Review, No. 5:
Measures of Patient Safety Based on Hospital Administrative Data—The Patient Safety Indicators
Technical Review, No. 13:
Empirical Evaluation of the Association Between Methodological Shortcomings and Estimates of Adverse Events

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Patient Fact Sheets

Five Steps to Safer Health Care
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children

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Patient Safety Task Force

AHRQ's Patient Safety Initiative: Building Foundations, Reducing Risk (Interim Report to the Senate Committee on Appropriations)

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Speeches & Testimony

Date   Title
10/25/05 Health Information Technology, Quality of Care, and Evidence-based Medicine: An Interlinked Triad
9/9/05 Health Information Technology and the "Quality Movement"
6/8/05 Quality Is the Goal for Patient Safety and Health IT
4/4/05 The Quality Challenge
6/11/03 Testimony on Patient Safety: Carolyn Clancy, M.D.

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Workshops & Conferences

Can You Minimize Health Care Costs by Improving Patient Safety?
Web Conference, September 20, 30, and October 1, 2002
How Safe Is Our Healthcare System? What States Can Do to Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Medical Errors
Workshop Brief, March 20-22, 2000
Making the Health Care System Safer
Patient Safety Research Conference, March 2-4, 2003
Making the Health Care System Safer
Patient Safety Research Conference, September 28-29, 2004

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