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August 2, 2016

Improving Safety for Hospitalized Patients: Much Progress but Many Challenges Remain

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, University of California, San Diego
  • 2Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland
JAMA. 2016;316(5):489-490. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7887

The 1999 publication of To Err Is Human from the Institute of Medicine focused attention on the need to improve the safety of medical care and spurred a variety of public and private responses. Despite this attention, at the 10-year anniversary of that report, there was little evidence that safety had improved, and concern that progress in reducing patient harms in hospitals has been slow.1