Economics of Patient Safety in Acute Care: Final Report – Canadian Patient Safety Institute – 9 July 2012

Posted on July 16, 2012. Filed under: Acute Care, Health Economics, Patient Safety | Tags: |

Economics of Patient Safety in Acute Care: Final Report – Canadian Patient Safety Institute – 9 July 2012

News release

Investigators: Dr. Edward Etchells (Team Lead), Dr. Nicole Mittmann (Co-Lead), Ms. Marika Koo, Dr. Michael Baker, Dr. Murray Krahn, Dr. Kaveh Shojania, Dr. Andrew McDonald, Ms. Rupinder Taggar, Dr. Anne Matlow, Dr. Nick Daneman
ISBN: 978-1-926541-48-8

“Executive Summary

Patient safety has received considerable public, professional, political, and scientific attention over the past 12 years. Adverse events are injuries caused by healthcare, rather than the patient’s underlying condition, leading to disability (prolonged length of stay, morbidity at the time of discharge, or death). Although the human burden associated with adverse events is well established, the economic burden has received less attention. A fuller understanding of the economic burden of unsafe care may inform Canadian health policy, health services research priorities, patient safety research programs, and patient safety improvement  priorities for healthcare organizations.

Our objectives were to:
1. Summarize the scope and quality of published studies on the economic burden of adverse events in the acute care setting.
2. Summarize the scope and quality of published comparative economic evaluations (cost effectiveness analyses) of patient safety improvement strategies in the acute care setting.
3. Estimate the economic burden of adverse events on the Canadian acute care system.
4. Provide a framework and guidelines for performing economic burden studies and comparative economic evaluations (cost effectiveness analyses) in patient safety.

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