Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice

| Research and Education Program

The Center offers a unique learning experience for individuals seeking to expand their knowledge and skill set for initiating safer and higher quality care. To date, the Center has provided training opportunities for more than 50 participants from the United States and 18 countries around the world.

The participants will train with the Patient Safety and Quality leaders at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS). Participants are expected to learn how quality and safety are operated, measured and reported at the departmental, hospital, institutional, national, and international levels. There are two tracks available: a Research Track and an Educational Track.

Research Track

The program curriculum covers the topics described below; however, participants have the opportunity to define an individualized area of interest. Participants will be expected to design and implement various research projects in an area appropriate for the fellowship and within their area of expertise.
Adverse Drug Events/Medication Errors Human factors consideration/ Usability of interfaces of IT
Building measurement systems for quality and safety Infection Prevention
Cultural Change Informatics
Communication and Coordination Lack of adequate test follow-up
Cost effectiveness of risk reducing strategies Medication Reconciliation
Clinical Decision Support Natural language processing, data mining and machine learning
Diagnostic Errors/Improvement Nursing Informatics
Electronic Prescribing (CPOE) Nursing Sensitive Outcomes
Errors/Enhancements Patient-centered care and patient experience engagement
Fall Prevention Pharmacovigilance
Healthcare Patient Safety  


Education Track

This program has a number of didactic activities throughout the year including faculty-led seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences. Participants will participate in ongoing informatics and patient safety workshops and seminars led by Harvard faculty. Participants will learn of the impact of team training. Participants will work to develop a program suitable for their home institutions.

Through its affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners HealthCare and Harvard Medical School, the Center offers professional and academic development opportunities such as interdisciplinary rounds focusing on general medicine, nursing, patient safety, quality and informatics; the Program in Clinical Effectiveness (the participant must apply separately for this program) and Harvard Medical School CME courses to enrich the fellowship experience.

Topics covered:

Quality and Safety Information Technology
Leadership Clinical Operations
Education Diagnosis Safety and Improvement








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