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Building a Culture of Safety in Health Care 

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 12 Noon–1:00 PM ET

Use the hashtag #PSAW18 to join the conversation!  Twitter


Despite progress in patient safety over the years, studies suggest that medical error and preventable harm are major sources of injury and death among patients.

Patient safety experts and researchers have increasingly pointed to the role of organizational culture in the success of patient and workforce safety initiatives. Yet creating a culture of safety in health care settings has proven to be a challenging endeavor.

In this Twitter Chat, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (@TheIHI) and other participants will share insights into what constitutes a safety culture, what stands in the way of creating such a culture, how culture influences the quality and safety of care delivered, and other issues.

Topics we may touch upon during the chat include leadership roles and responsibilities; culture as a key to learning; building trust, respect, and inclusion as a key to safety culture.

Bring your questions and share your thoughts with us on March 16.

In the meantime, use our online assessment tool to assess your organization’s safety culture and review these free resources:

Leading a Culture of Safety: A Blueprint for Success. Boston, MA: American College of Healthcare Executives and Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2017.

A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Safe & Reliable Healthcare; 2017.

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