Overview of progress in patient safety

Peter J. Pronovost, Christine G. Holzmueller, Christopher S. Ennen, Harold E. Fox

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Abstract

In the 11 years since the Institute of Medicine reported ubiquitous problems with the quality and safety of patient care in the United States, efforts been made to improve health care. Obstetrics and gynecology has made some improvements; however, similar to other areas of health care, progress has been slow. The major deterrents are complexities in our health care system and culture and an immature science of safety and quality that makes measurement and evaluation of progress difficult. This article describes the efforts that have been made in obstetrics and gynecology to identify causes or factors that contribute to adverse outcomes, to develop measures of quality and safety, and to make improvements. It also offers a framework to help organize patient safety research and improvement. Finally, this article offers ways the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists can organize and support future work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume204
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Keywords

  • gynecology
  • obstetrics
  • patient safety
  • quality
  • quality improvement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Pronovost, P. J., Holzmueller, C. G., Ennen, C. S., & Fox, H. E. (2011). Overview of progress in patient safety. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 204(1), 5-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2010.11.001

Overview of progress in patient safety. / Pronovost, Peter J.; Holzmueller, Christine G.; Ennen, Christopher S.; Fox, Harold E.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 204, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 5-10.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pronovost, PJ, Holzmueller, CG, Ennen, CS & Fox, HE 2011, 'Overview of progress in patient safety', American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, vol. 204, no. 1, pp. 5-10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajog.2010.11.001
Pronovost, Peter J. ; Holzmueller, Christine G. ; Ennen, Christopher S. ; Fox, Harold E. / Overview of progress in patient safety. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2011 ; Vol. 204, No. 1. pp. 5-10.
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