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July 24/31, 2002

Safe but SoundPatient Safety Meets Evidence-Based Medicine

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Medicine (Drs Shojania and Wachter) and Epidemiology and Biostatistics (Dr Wachter), University of California, San Francisco; and Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif (Dr Duncan and Ms McDonald).


Controversies Section Editor: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, Executive Deputy Editor.

JAMA. 2002;288(4):508-513. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.508

The Institute of Medicine's seminal report To Err Is Human1 highlighted the risks of medical care in the United States and shocked the sensibilities of many Americans. As one element of a multipronged response, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) commissioned the University of California, San Francisco–Stanford University Evidence-Based Practice Center to develop a compendium of evidence-based patient safety practices, a resource summarizing the literature supporting practices relevant to improving patient safety.

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