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AHRQ Speaks Up for Patient Safety During Patient Safety Awareness Week

AHRQ is working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/National Patient Safety Foundation (IHI/NPSF) and HHS agencies to promote a wide variety of information and activities for Patient Safety Awareness Week. The annual event raises awareness about the importance of patient engagement and promoting a culture of safety across health care settings. On Monday, Jeffrey Brady, M.D., director of AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, joined a panel of presenters during IHI/NPSF’s webinar, “Engaging Patients and Providers: Speaking Up for Patient Safety.”  Materials from the webinar are now available. In addition, Dr. Brady co-authored a blog post with IHI Chief Clinical & Safety Officer Tejal Gandhi, M.D., “Patient Safety: Distinct Roles, One Goal.” Also this week:

  • AHRQ Director Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., and AHRQ Chief Medical Officer David Meyers M.D., joined colleagues from the Health Resources and Services Administration for a panel discussion titled, “United in Mission to Ensure Patient Safety.”
  • New grantee profile featuring AHRQ-funded researcher Gregory Maynard, M.D., chief quality officer at the University of California Davis Medical Center. Dr. Maynard has used AHRQ funding to combine quality improvement principles with safe practices to develop protocols that reduce patient harm.
  • AHRQ Views blog post by Richard Ricciardi, Ph.D, AHRQ's senior nursing advisor, and Majorie Shofer, B.S.N., director of AHRQ’s general patient safety program, will highlight “New Tools for Ambulatory Patient Safety.”
  • On Friday from noon to 1 p.m. ET, join a Twitter chat, “Building a Culture of Safety in Health Care.” Use the hashtag #PSAW18 to participate. 

Learn more about AHRQ’s ongoing work to protect patient safety, including tools and resources for diverse health care settings as well as Impact Case Studies that illustrate the impact of AHRQ’s patient safety initiatives. 

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