HCTW news brief: Patient and family involvement emphasized in new NQF Safe Practices

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 8, 2010

The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently released an updated list of Safe Practices for Better Healthcare, which guides healthcare organizations through how to provide safe care.

The Safe Practices are a list of 34 recommendations covering issues such as healthcare-associated infections, pediatric imaging, and workforce development. The recommendations have been updated with current evidence-based practices, and many include a greater focus on patient and family involvement in care.

The Safe Practices list was first released in 2003, with updates in 2006 and 2009. The NQF now plans to issue annual updates.

Source: The National Quality Forum and HealthLeaders Media

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