From the School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, Mass (Dr Leape); Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus (Dr Woods); National Patient Safety Foundation, American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill (Mr Hatlie); US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC (Dr Kizer); and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ (Dr Schroeder). Dr Lundberg is Editor, JAMA.
In 1995, a series of highly publicized medical incidents with serious
adverse patient consequences awakened public and professional interest in
safety in health care. In response to this increased awareness and recognizing
that health care could learn much about safety from other industries, in October
1996, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American
Medical Association (AMA), and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations (JCAHO) joined with the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences
to convene the first multidisciplinary conference on errors in health care.
Leape LL, Woods DD, Hatlie MJ, Kizer KW, Schroeder SA, Lundberg GD. Promoting Patient Safety by Preventing Medical Error. JAMA. 1998;280(16):1444-1447. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1444