Quality & Patient Safety

The patient’s role in error reporting

Patient Safety Monitor, September 1, 2009

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In the past ten years, a fair amount of headway has been made in refining error reporting systems, especially since the Institute of Medicine 1999 report, To Err Is Human. More recently, Patient Safety Organizations have been introduced to the healthcare industry. Many states require hospitals to report adverse events to a state reporting system, and most hospitals have mechanisms for staff members to report, investigate, and analyze these events.
However, one point of view missing from these reporting systems is that of patients and their families.

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