Patient Safety

Patient Safety: Cultural and linguistic issues relating to the reduction and prevention of inadvertent harm to patients as a result of their care.

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Implementing a National Voluntary Consensus Standard for Informed Consent: A User’s Guide for Healthcare Professionals

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This user’s guide describes how to improve the informed consent process to ensure that patients understand the choices they make.

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How to Create a Pill Card

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This guide was designed to help users create an easy-to-use "pill card" for patients, parents, or anyone who has a hard time keeping track of their medicines. Step-by-step instructions, sample clip art, and suggestions for design and use will help to customize a reminder card.

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Exploring Cultural and Linguistic Services in the Nation's Hospitals: A Report of Findings

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This report provides insight into the challenges, activities and perspectives of 60 hospitals across the nation, and a snapshot of the ways that culture and language issues are being addressed in these hospitals. Topic areas include leadership, quality improvement, patient safety, workforce diversity, language services, and community engagement.

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Educating Physicians on Controversies and Challenges in Health

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This continuing education course developed by the American Medical Association provides physicians with specific public health and preventive medicine strategies to apply in medical practice in order to improve the health of vulnerable populations. New episodes are uploaded on an ongoing basis and old episodes can be found in the Archives section of the website.

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Ask Me 3

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Ask Me 3, out of the National Patient Safety Foundation, is a simple tool designed to promote communication between health care providers and patients in order to improve health outcomes. For patients, the website provides simple tips and solutions for ensuring clear patient-provider communication.

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Improving Patient Safety Through Informed Consent for Patients with Limited Health Literacy

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This report contains a synthesis of the key barriers encountered and lessons learned by providers that adopted the NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standard for informed consent, Safe Practice 10, including detailed evaluations of the experiences and perspectives of the early adopters, pilot adopter, and non-adopters.

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Affordable Language Services: Implications for Health Care Organizations

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This brief highlights the effects of language barriers on patient safety and quality of health care, and the challenges organizations must overcome in order to effectively address language barriers.

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"What Did the Doctor Say?:" Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety

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This white paper was produced by an expert roundtable panel that was asked to frame the issues that underlie the health literacy problem in health care and propose solutions for their resolution.

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