Assessing Improvements in Medication Safety: A Follow-Up Survey of Safe Medication Practices in U.S. Hospitals


In 2000, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), and the American Hospital Association conducted a survey of medication safety practices among U.S. hospitals. Most of the nearly 1,500 responding organizations achieved a score of less than 50 percent on the use of nationally recommended safe practices for drug storage and distribution, medication labeling, communication of medication orders, and patient education. In the three intervening years, patient safety has been at the forefront of public debate about health care reform, and a Fund-supported HRET project developed tools to assist hospitals in improving medication safety. This project will re-survey U.S. hospitals and evaluate the current status of medication safety practices. Results will indicate where and how progress has occurred, providing lessons and examples of activities required to realize further gains. Cofunding will be provided by HRET.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Principal Investigator:
Allen Vaida
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
July 8, 2003

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