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Patient Safety and Quality

An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses

Nurses play a vital role in improving the safety and quality of patient care—not only in the hospital or ambulatory treatment facility, but also of community-based care and the care performed by family members. Nurses need know what proven techniques and interventions they can use to enhance patient outcomes.

To address this need, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with additional funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has prepared this comprehensive, 1,400-page, handbook for nurses on patient safety and quality—Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. (AHRQ Publication No. 08-0043).

Experts in the field reviewed the literature, and their contributions are grouped into these sections:

Patient Safety and Quality / Evidence-based Practice / Patient-centered Care / Working Conditions—Work Environment / Critical Opportunities for Patient Safety and Quality / Tools

Select to download the entire volume as a single file PDF File (9.8 MB) or select to Chapters to view (or download) individual chapters.

Edited by Ronda G. Hughes, Ph.D., M.H.S., R.N., of AHRQ



Introduction: Forward, Preface, Peer Reviewers, Contributing Authors [114.01 KB]

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Section I: Patient Safety and Quality

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Section II: Evidence-based Practice

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Section III: Patient-centered Care

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Section IV: Working Conditions and the Work Environment for Nurses

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Section V: Critical Opportunities for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement

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Section VI: Tools for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

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Page last reviewed April 2008
Internet Citation: Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-based Handbook for Nurses. April 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.