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One of the struggles in improving patient safety is determining how to implement recommended safe practices, Dr. Lucian L. Leape of the Harvard School of Public Health said at a meeting sponsored by Academy Health, an independent health policy group. Dr. Leape said the area of patient safety is growing rapidly, thanks to congressional investment in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, but the agency still has much work to do. He recommended that future AHRQ research focus on developing performance measures to track progress in improving patient safety, encouraging the adoption of technology, and identifying ways to implement safe practices.
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Title Annotation:Policy & Practice
Author:Silverman, Jennifer; Perlstein, Steve
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jul 15, 2003
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