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April 13, 2005, Issue No. 8

Quote of the Month

"AHRQ's PSNet provides a one-stop portal for patient safety resources to help health care professionals improve health care for all Americans."

—Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D., Director, AHRQ

"Until about 5 years ago, there was remarkably little evidence to inform decisions about patient safety, despite the incredibly high stakes. Now, in large part due to AHRQ-supported efforts, the challenge has shifted from making decisions with an insufficient amount of information, to managing a growing but unorganized treasure trove of data and tools. AHRQ's PSNet promises to be the leading Web site to help patients, policymakers, and researchers meet this unique need."

—Robert Wachter, M.D., Associate Chairman of UCSF's Department of Medicine, Chief of the Medical Service at UCSF Medical Center, and lead researcher on PSNet development project

AHRQ Launches New National Patient Safety Network Web Site

Yesterday, AHRQ debuted its new national Web site called the Patient Safety Network, or PSNet, at As a one-stop portal of resources for improving patient safety and preventing medical errors, PSNet is the first comprehensive effort to help health care providers, administrators, and consumers learn about all aspects of patient safety.

A unique feature of AHRQ's PSNet is the "My PSNet" page, which allows users to customize the site around their unique interests and needs. For instance, a pharmacist interested in how bar coding can help prevent medication errors will be able to set up the site to automatically collect the latest articles, news, and conferences on this topic. Similarly, anesthesiologists and other physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and others can customize and search the site to best meet their needs.

The Web site, which is continuously updated, includes:

  • Summaries on tools and findings related to patient safety research.
  • Information on upcoming meetings and conferences.
  • Links to articles, books, and reports.
  • A listing of annotated bibliographies.
  • An E-mail subscription service for weekly updates.

AHRQ's PSNet was developed by a team of AHRQ-funded researchers led by Dr. Wachter at the University of California, San Francisco. This same team also developed AHRQ's popular WebM&M online journal and forum on patient safety and health care quality, which is now accessible on PSNet.

Select to read our press release on the launch of AHRQ's PSNet.

For questions or more information on AHRQ's PSNet, visit the PSNet Web site's Help page.

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Current as of April 2005


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