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Surgical Outcomes Club
August 2017

Cutting-edge Efforts in Surgical Patient Safety

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 2Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Surg. 2017;152(8):719-720. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.0858

Optimizing patient safety is a universally laudable goal. However, despite increased patient, health care professional, payer, and media attention, progress has been slow and difficult. On Sunday, October 4, 2015, the Surgical Outcomes Club convened a patient safety panel at its 11th Annual Scientific Session in Chicago, Illinois. The goal of the session was to emphasize that patient safety efforts require a uniform, systematic, evidence-based approach. This Viewpoint incorporates the major themes of the session—developing reliable measures of surgeon performance, real-world methods for continuous improvement and learning, and opportunities for incorporating the principles of implementation science into patient safety efforts.

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