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