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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the nation's lead federal agency for research on health care quality, costs, outcomes and patient safety. Among many other subjects, AHRQ offers information about funding opportunities, nursing research and health service research findings for policymakers. 

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management 

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM) is a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association (AHA) with more than 5,200 members representing health care, insurance, law and other related professions. ASHRM promotes effective and innovative risk-management strategies and professional leadership through education, advocacy, publications, networking and interactions with leading health care organizations and government agencies. ASHRM initiative focus on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices, the preservation of financial resources and the maintenance of safe working environments.

Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care 

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes collaborative relationships among patients, families and health care professionals. IPFCC accomplishes its mission through training, teaching tools and information dissemination, as well as research and public policy initiatives.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a nonprofit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world.  The website is designed for health care providers and organizations. The site contains workspace improvement tools, conferences and teaching programs, as well as a multitude of books, videos and audio materials to be utilized as teaching aids to promote patient safety and health care.

Institute for Safe Medical Practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is a nonprofit group that educates consumers and health care professionals about safe medication practices.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission  provides evaluation and accreditation services for many organizations, including general, psychiatric, children’s and rehabilitation hospitals, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. Through accreditation, it is hoped that facilities will continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public.  

Josie King Foundation

Named after Johns Hopkins patient Josie King, who died from medical errors, the mission of the Josie King Foundation is to prevent others from dying or being harmed by medical errors. By uniting health care providers and consumers and funding innovative safety programs, the foundation strives to create a culture of safety.

Leapfrog Group 

The Leapfrog Group is a voluntary program aimed at promoting the fact that big leaps in health care safety, quality and customer value will be recognized and rewarded. Among other initiatives, Leapfrog works with its members to encourage access to health care information and rewards for hospitals that have a proven record of high-quality care. The Leapfrog website has a public reporting initiative and a rewards program for hospitals and includes a consumer section for patients and families that allows you to see the safety ranking of the hospitals in your area.

National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention

The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention is made up of 23 leading national health care organizations. It addresses the interdisciplinary causes of medication errors and promotes the safe use of medications.

National Patient Safety Foundation  

The main goal of the National Patient Safety Foundation is to improve the safety of patients through both education and raising public awareness. The website contains a wealth of information relating to research programs, safety awareness conferences and patient safety resource links. There are also discussion forums and a library with many resources.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Ensuring that all Americans receive high-quality care is central to the mission of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They have placed a strong focus on improving the health and the health care for all Americans, especially for those with chronic conditions. Their goal is to set national standards for quality, to track progress and to reward successes. They offer funding opportunities to achieve this end.

Sorry Works!

The Sorry Works! coalition serves to organize information, news, ideas, and research on Sorry Works! and related full-disclosure efforts. There is information about states with “Sorry” laws, as well as information about hospital and physician disclosure. 

World Health Organization 

The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the World Alliance for Patient Safety to raise awareness and political commitment to improve the safety of care and facilitate the development of patient safety policy and practice in all WHO member states.

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