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October 28, 1998

Promoting Patient Safety by Preventing Medical Error

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 1998;280(16):1444-1447. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1444

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.

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