New NPSF Report Calls On All Levels of Healthcare to Prioritize Patient Engagement
March 26, 2014 | Strategic Insights for Health System
Engaging patients and families in improving healthcare safety requires the creation of effective partnerships between those who provide care and those who receive it at every level, from individual clinical encounters to national policy-setting bodies, posits a new report from the National Patient Safety Foundation's (NPSF) Lucian Leape Institute. Not intended to be seen "simply as a new initiative or program," the report, Safety Is Personal: Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care, was created by NPSF as an effort to inspire a strategic alignment across the communities of healthcare consumers and advocates, policymakers, researchers, and healthcare leaders and clinicians to commit to increasing patient engagement in order to reduce harm. The report identifies specific action items for healthcare leaders, clinicians, and policymakers to pursue in making patient and family engagement a core value in the provision of healthcare.