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The Science of Safety Improvement: Learning While Doing

Carolyn M. Clancy, MD; and Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP
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From Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD 20850, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Washington, DC 20201.

Acknowledgment: The authors thank Denise Dougherty, PhD, and Gail Makulowich, BA.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: Disclosures can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-0629.

Requests for Single Reprints: Gail Makulowich, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850; e-mail, AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Current Author Addresses: Dr. Clancy: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850.

Dr. Berwick: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Mailstop 314G, Washington, DC 20201.

Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(10):699-701. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-154-10-201105170-00013
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In this issue, Shekelle and colleagues provide a framework for enhancing research on patient safety by proposing criteria for the design and reporting of studies to facilitate their translation into practice. The editorialists believe that increasing our knowledge about what works in patient safety and other quality improvement efforts is critical to making health care safer.

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