Improving Ambulatory Patient Safety Rounds


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:
Approval Date:
April 8, 2003

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