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Safety Project Inception, Readiness, and Implementation Training (SPIRIT)
The need to provide effective, efficient, and safe patient care is the cornerstone of medical practice. However, most clinicians receive little formal instruction to prepare them to address the patient safety challenges they face in clinical practice. As front-line providers, residents are in an excellent position to analyze adverse events and help prevent their recurrence, especially since many of the patient safety goals specified by accrediting and national safety organizations focus on clinical problems largely handled by residents. Yet, residents are often detached from patient safety initiatives despite holding unique perspectives on these issues.
Through a grant awarded in January 2016 by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), the Armstrong Institute is leading a 2-year project that aims to develop and evaluate the Safety Project Inception, Readiness, and Implementation Training (SPIRIT) program and associated resources. SPIRIT is intended to help cultivate resident skills and experience with developing and leading patient safety improvement work crucial for improving care in practice.