The end of the beginning: patient safety five years after 'to err is human'.

  title={The end of the beginning: patient safety five years after 'to err is human'.},
  author={Robert M. Wachter},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={Suppl Web Exclusives},
The Institute of Medicine's 1999 report on medical errors galvanized the public and health professionals. Before then, providers, health care organizations, and policymakers lacked the understanding and incentives to generate the changes in culture, systems, training, and technology to improve safety. Since 1999 there has been progress, but it has been insufficient. Stronger regulation has helped, as have some early improvements in information technology and in workforce organization and… CONTINUE READING
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