Improving Patient Safety Communication in Residency Programs

Since the early 2000s, health systems have increasingly focused on improving patient safety and quality of care. As a result, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has included quality improvement milestones and Clinical Learning Environment Review programs to make sure that residents take part in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives.

Engaging residents in patient safety and quality improvement initiatives can be difficult. To meet this challenge, Musso and colleagues developed a standardized learning experience to facilitate patient safety discussions during rounds.

The authors found that using a weekly text message to remind faculty to incorporate patient safety questions into their rounds was well received by residents and faculty. Residents who participated in the intervention reported an increased frequency of patient safety event reporting in a modified Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality survey.

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