Onyebuchi A. Arah, MD, DSc
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Arah OA. The Patient Safety Handbook. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:768. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-140-9-200405040-00034
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(9):768.
Youngberg BJ, Hatlie MJ, eds. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2004. $99.95. ISBN 0763731471. Order phone 978-443-5000.
Field of medicine: Clinical medicine, health care delivery and management, medical law, and ethics.
Format: Hardcover book.
Audience: Clinicians, other health care professionals, health care administrators, health care organizations, advocates, health care safety students, and policymakers.
Purpose: To help health care organizations and providers become highly reliable, safe, and responsive entities for patient care.
Content: The book's 49 chapters cover a wide range of patient safety issues, such as scope, context, risk management, investigation, root-cause analysis, response to adverse events, organizational strategies, role of key actors, best practices, and the business case for safety. One chapter, coauthored by a patient, discusses the patient's experience in trying to be a partner in her health care. Many organizational initiatives; examples from the industry; and several private, collaborative, or public case studies are presented. An Israeli physician and a Norwegian physician elaborate on international experiences from their countries. Several chapters discuss the ethics, philosophy, economics, collaborative requirements, needed delivery modifications, and legal issues of patient safety. The final chapter covers the future of patient safety. Overall, the handbook emphasizes knowledge application and commitment building.
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