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Making a Difference in Health Care: Patient Safety, a Global Issue with National and International Solutions


This interactive seminar focuses on ways librarians can become more involved in patient safety programs and activities within their institutions and organizations and can provide appropriate resources for health professionals, researchers, administration and staff, and for patients and families. Topics include the international breadth of this subject; understanding definitions and issues related to medical error; locating where patient safety practices and contacts exist within an institution; identifying focused resources; and the librarian as a patient and health care advocate. These four hours of lecture, discussion and brainstorming will help librarians in all fields become effective agents for improving health care in their institutions and our world.

Releated resource: Patient Safety Resource Seminar: Librarians on the Front Lines


  • Understand the historical movement and impact of patient safety
  • Describe definitions related to patient safety and recognize systems of potential error within and among institutions
  • Locate and be able to use resources available for administrators, researchers, health professionals, and patients and families
  • Formulate methods for the library to effectively participate in patient safety and related programs to improve the health care of our world

Course Materials

There will be continuing updates to these resources as the class is taught. (Suggestions and recommendations are welcome.)

Recommended Reading

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Continuing Education

This class has been approved by the Medical Library Association for 4 contact hours of CE credit. MLA Course Listing.


Holly Ann Burt, MLIS, Outreach and Exhibits Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region (NN/LM GMR).
Affra S. Al Shamsi, Medical Library Manager and Electronic Resources Consultant, Medical Library, Ministry of Health-Royal Hospital, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.