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May 3, 2016

Patient Safety at the Crossroads

Author Affiliations
  • 1National Patient Safety Foundation, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

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JAMA. 2016;315(17):1829-1830. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.1759

With its estimate that between 44 000 and 98 000 patients die in hospitals each year as the result of medical errors, the National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM’s; formerly the Institute of Medicine’s) report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System propelled a wave of activity. Health care professionals, professional societies, large employer groups, patient advocacy organizations, and researchers voiced the need to reduce the estimated high toll of medical errors and adverse events.