Assessing and Improving Patient Safety in Ambulatory Care


Medical and surgical procedures, once performed only in hospitals, now routinely take place in ambulatory care settings. Despite this shift, most information about health care safety applies mostly to hospitals; little is known about how the care provided in ambulatory settings compares. For this project, a national survey of group physician practices conducted in collaboration with the Medical Group Management Association will furnish new data on the current state of ambulatory care safety and identify areas for improvement. Project staff will develop the survey instrument with the input of experts in patient safety. Data from the survey, together with prior and ongoing Fund-supported work assessing medication practices in U.S. hospitals, will form the basis for the design of future interventions to improve the safety of care.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Health Research and Educational Trust
Principal Investigator:
Mary A. Pittman, Dr.P.H.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
November 9, 2004

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