December 2001 Bulletin

HHS releases $50 million for patient safety

The Department of Health and Human Services has released $50 million to fund 94 new research grants, contracts and other projects to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety. The initiative is the federal government’s largest single investment to address the problem of deaths related to medical errors.

Funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the projects will address key unanswered questions about how errors occur and provide science-based information on what patients, clinicians, hospital leaders, policymakers and others can do to make the health care system safer. The results of this research will identify improvement strategies that work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, and other health care settings across the nation.

The $50 million research initiative is the first phase of a multiyear effort. Many institutions will receive additional funds to continue their work in future years. These projects reflect the input of consumers, health care providers and policymakers from a national research summit last year led by AHRQ and its partners on the Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force. There are six major categories of awards.

A list of the projects is at http://www.ahcpr.gov/qual/newgrants/grantxt.htm


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