Guest Post: New AHRQ Report Clarifies which Safety Strategies Work and How Best to Use Them

Knowing what steps to take to make care safer for your patients just got a little easier. A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality identifies 22 patient safety strategies that are proven to be effective and provides information on how they work best so they can be adapted to local needs.

The report, Making Health Care Safer ll, An Updated Critical Analysis of the Evidence for Patient Safety Practices, includes reviews of the strength and quality of evidence for 41 patient safety strategies and identifies those that have the strongest evidence of effectiveness. The reviews also include evidence about context, implementation and adoption to help clinicians understand what works, how to apply it and under what circumstances it works best.

An international panel of experts considered the 41 strategies and found that 22 were supported by enough evidence that “providers should not delay” in adopting them. Based on these findings, clinicians and health systems can now move forward with assurance that a sound evidence base exists for integrating these patient safety strategies in their day-to-day delivery of patient care.

Many of the strategies identified in this report are already widely in use; others have shown great promise but remain uncommon in practice. Clinicians and health systems can use the report to guide or realign efforts that are already underway for patient safety improvement.

The report also identifies gaps where more research can propel patient safety efforts even further. To learn more about the online report, visit AHRQ at:  http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/evidence-based-reports/makinghcsafer.html

Free continuing medical education credits are available for select articles published in a special supplement to the Annals of Internal Medicine; visit Annals at: http://annals.org/issue.aspx?journalid=90&issueid=926462

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