Action on the IOM Report
An Institute of Medicine (IOM, 1999) report was a wake-up call for
both the general public and healthcare providers regarding the problem and
tragic consequences of medical errors. According to the report brief, "At
least 44,000 people, and perhaps as many as 98,000 people, die in hospitals
each year as a result of medical errors that could have been prevented"
(IOM, 1999, p. 1). The report recommends a four-tiered approach as a strategy
for addressing this problem.
In this assignment, you will read the report and then evaluate how
the healthcare system has responded to each of the four recommendations made in
Use sources other than the textbook to find information about how
the US healthcare system is acting on the four recommendations in the IOM
report. You may use journal articles, government reports, reports or findings
of public organizations, and other authoritative sources. The following are
sources of information on two of the recommendations:
first recommendation (about creating leadership) refers to the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Use the AHRQ websitehttp://www.ahrq.gov/.
third recommendation (about actions of oversight organizations,
professional groups, and group purchasers of healthcare) identifies the
Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/).
Respond to the following:
of the IOM recommendations do you feel provides the greatest impact on
patient safety? Why?
the US healthcare system's actions regarding the four recommendations in
the IOM report. Which recommendation provides the most impact on patient
safety? Which provides the least? Justify your answer.
is your overall assessment of how the US healthcare system is performing
with regard to patient safety in response to the IOM recommendations?
Give examples of actions by the healthcare industry and cite
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