Assessing the State of Safe Medication Practices in U.S. Hospitals: A Five-Year Follow-Up Survey


While the decade following release of the Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human witnessed significant movement on the patient safety front, the extent to which hospitals have adopted safer practices is unknown. With Commonwealth Fund support, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices surveyed U.S. hospitals in 2000 and again in 2004, with findings revealing significant opportunities for hospitals to improve systems and processes for reducing medication errors. Six years later, another survey of U.S. hospitals is needed to guide renewed national efforts to improve safety. This project will update the instrument used for the earlier assessments and then resurvey all U.S. hospitals, identifying areas where progress has been made and gaps remain. The findings will guide efforts to redesign care delivery processes and inform the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology as it disseminates tools to improve safety.

Grant Details

Grantee Organization:
Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Principal Investigator:
Allen J. Vaida, Pharm.D.
Award Amount:
Approval Date:
April 13, 2010
Related Topics
Health Care Delivery

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