AMA Initiatives in Ambulatory Patient Safety
In 2011, the AMA released a comprehensive 10-year review of research in ambulatory safety, and throughout 2012 AMA staff worked with experts nationwide to better define the role of ambulatory practices in ensuring safe transitions in care.
Most research on patient safety has examined hospital care, but each year 300 Americans are seen in ambulatory settings for every one person admitted to a hospital—and research shows that errors in ambulatory settings can be just as devastating as those in hospitals.
The AMA is pleased to provide a report that compiles and summarizes the research on patient safety in ambulatory care settings over the last decade.
The report offers a comprehensive look at some important, but under-appreciated aspects of patient safety, from office-based surgery to medication and diagnostic errors, to recent efforts to understand communication errors, and to the controversial study of patient responsibilities and family roles in ensuring safe care in the ambulatory setting.Advancing Ambulatory Quality Improvement
The AMA's report "Advancing ambulatory quality improvement: Results of focus groups with medical societies," provides highlights from an environmental scan of 13 medical societies to assess the current and future roles they have with quality improvement; how they can support the advancement of quality initiatives; and how the AMA can help them advance ambulatory quality improvement, in particular. The AMA worked with state and local medical societies participating in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) Aligning Forces for Quality initiative to explore the roles of medical societies in multi-stakeholder initiatives in ambulatory care quality improvement.