Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs

April 12, 2011Doctors, nurses and other health care providers in America work incredibly hard every day to deliver the best care possible to their patients. Unfortunately, an alarming number of patients are harmed by medical mistakes in the health care system and far too many die prematurely as a result. The Obama Administration has launched the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs, a new public-private partnership that will help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.

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Consumers as Partners

Consumers as Partners

How Patient-Provider Engagement Can Transform Patient Safety

How would the world change if, suddenly, clinicians had a highly motivated partner in carrying out each care plan? I propose that a new level of safety will be possible if we shift to a shared care plan model, with patients and families aware of the plan and engaged in its execution.

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Consumers as Partners

Consumers as Partners

Empowering Patients and Families to Call for Rapid Response

Engaging patients and families as integral members of the healthcare team is an essential step in delivering high-quality, safe patient care. One approach for empowering patients and families being implemented in hospitals nationwide is to invite them to activate rapid response teams (RRTs) if patients show signs of physical deterioration or something doesn’t appear “quite right” with the patient.

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Patient Engagement in Patient Safety: Barriers and Facilitators

Patient Engagement in Patient Safety: Barriers and Facilitators

 

Patient safety has been at the forefront of recent domestic and international policy initiatives. The release of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 2000 report To Err Is Human solidified the patient safety movement and the role that leadership and knowledge can play in preventing adverse events from occurring.

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