While safety risks are widespread in ambulatory settings, there has been insufficient attention directed at developing the evidence base that is needed to improve ambulatory safety. In this article, the current state of knowledge about ambulatory safety is reviewed. A research agenda in ambulatory safety is proposed, as well as a series of potential interventions that could be used to improve safety in the ambulatory setting.
Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo. (Hammons)
Medical Group Management Association, Englewood, Colo. Dr Piland is now with the Institute of Rural Health, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. (Piland)
The Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, University of Chicago (Small)
Partnership for Patient Safety (Hatlie)
Chicago, Ill.; and the Center for Primary Care Research, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD. (Burstin)
This project was supported by grant number R13 HS10106 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), with additional support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and with assistance from the Partnership for Patient Safety (P4PS). AHRQ and CMS provided funding for this conference, and staff from both organizations also collaborated with the Medical Group Management Association Center for Research and P4PS in planning the conference. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.