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.
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.
Shojania KG, Duncan BW, McDonald KM, Wachter RM. Safe but SoundPatient Safety Meets Evidence-Based Medicine. JAMA. 2002;288(4):508-513. doi:10.1001/jama.288.4.508