Reducing Medication Errors and Improving Patient Safety in U.S. Hospitals, Phase Two


A self-assessment of medication practices at U.S. hospitals has found that a majority are not performing up to recommended safety standards. The survey points to the need for new educational strategies that multidisciplinary hospital teams can use to implement better safety systems. In the first phase of this project, the Health Research and Educational Trust identified several areas where improvement should be a priority, including communication among hospital staff regarding drug management decisions, drug labeling and nomenclature, and access to drug information at the time when clinicians are making treatment decisions. Phase Two will bring together leaders in quality improvement and medication safety to develop core educational curricula and tools for hospital staff, test the materials in 20 hospitals, and formulate a dissemination strategy. With innovative, tested ways of educating doctors, nurses, and administrators about recommended medication practices, hospitals will be better able to limit mistakes and protect patient safety.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Health Research and Educational Trust
Principal Investigator:
Mary A. Pittman, Dr.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 10, 2001

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