Improving Ambulatory Patient Safety Rounds

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Hospitals and health systems can address the root causes of medical errors only if they have mechanisms in place that allow staff to identify potential problems in a systematic fashion. This study will evaluate two promising team-based models for improving patient safety in two outpatient chemotherapy clinics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In one clinic, a nurse or other clinician acting as a patient safety champion will be added to the safety team to help identify potential problems, suggest solutions, and monitor their implementation. At another clinic that already has a safety champion, the project staff will recruit and train a patient, or a patient's family member, to participate in the safety assurance process as a 'safety liaison.' If these models prove successful in reducing and preventing errors, a package of instructional materials will be disseminated to other hospitals to help them comply with new error-reduction requirements issued by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Principal Investigator:
Patricia Reid Ponte, R.M., D.M.Sc., and Barbara Bierer, M.D.
Award Amount:
$100,000.00
Approval Date:
April 8, 2003

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