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Patient Safety: Report Examines Patient and Family Engagement Activities

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is developing a guide to to help patients, families, and healthcare professionals work together as partners to promote improvements in care.  A report, titled “Guide to Patient and Family Engagement: Final Environmental Scan Report,” assesses the current literature, tools and resources being used to engage patients and their families.  The report offer the following:

  • A framework that describes how patient and family engagement can lead to improved quality and safety
  • A description of factors that influence patient and family engagement, including characteristics and perspectives of patients, families, health care professionals, and hospital organizational and cultural factors
  • Hospital-based methods and materials currently being used to engage patients and families in the safety and quality of care
  • An analysis of the kinds of materials that are needed, but do not exist

AHRQ is using this report as the first step toward developing a Patient/Family Engagement Guide, now being pilot tested at three hospitals, which is expected to be finalized and available in mid-2013.

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