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Books, Journals, New Media
February 23, 2005

Patient Safety

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(8):1007-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.1010

The 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) galvanized a national effort to promote patient safety and decrease the incidence of medical errors. A variety of public and private initiatives have subsequently developed consensus patient safety indicators, identified safety goals, and reported safety data to the public. Most of the patient safety literature, including the oft quoted IOM report, focuses on the accountability of organizations and the inherent flaws of complicated health care delivery systems.

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