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AHRQ Issues Final Patient Safety Report to Congress

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued a final report on strategies to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors that has been delivered to Congress.  Required by the Patient Safety Act of 2005, the report was made available for public review and comment and review by the National Academy of Medicine.  It outlined several strategies to accelerate progress in improving patient safety, including using analytic approaches in patient safety research, measurement, and practice improvement to monitor risk; implementing evidence-based practices into real-world settings through clinically useful tools and infrastructure; encouraging the development of learning health systems that integrate continuous learning and improvement in day-to-day operations; and encouraging the use of patient safety strategies outlined in the National Action Plan by the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety.  You can access the AHRQ final report on patient safety here: “Strategies to Improve Patient Safety: Final Report to Congress Required by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005” (PDF).