The environmental context of patient safety and medical errors

Douglas R Wholey, Ira S Moscovice, Terry Hietpas, Jeremy Holtzman

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Abstract

The environmental context of patient safety and medical errors was explored with specific interest in rural settings. Special attention was paid to unique features of rural health care organizations and their environment that relate to the patient safety issue and medical errors (including the distribution of patients, types of adverse events associated with learning, information flows, triage and transfer decisions, and culture of safety). Relevant organizational theories and strategies for medical error reduction and prevention in rural health care settings were identified. Financial and technical assistance are needed to support the systematic collection of data from rural hospitals and other entities and to enhance relevant patient safety practices for rural America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-313
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rural Health
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004

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