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Books, Journals, New Media
June 23/30, 2004

Patient Safety

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(24):3015. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.3015-a

Truly a compendium on medical accident, The Patient Safety Handbook touches on nearly every appropriate facet of accident, error, patient harm, organizational culture, ethics, accountability, safety, industrial hygiene, and legality. Perhaps it is too inclusive.

Taking its theme and direction from the notable 1999 Institute of Medicine Report To Err Is Human: Building a Safe Health Care System, the many authors of the 49 chapters explore the roles and responsibilities of all the stakeholders—even patients—in US health care.

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