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Patient Safety

Provides resources for students, clinicians, researchers, & administrators on patient safety.

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Search Terms

Search terms will vary, depending on the database you are using.  Below is a list of useful terms, with PubMed's MeSH terms noted.  Be prepared to use synonyms in your searches, as patient safety as a concept is relatively new to the literature.

  • Patient Safety [MeSH, added 2012; for research prior to 2012, search as "patient safety" & consider using Safety as a MeSH term]
  • patient AND safety
  • Accident Prevention [MeSH]
  • Medical Errors [MeSH]
  • Iatrogenic Disease [MeSH]
  • Disclosure [MeSH]
  • Truth Disclosure [MeSH]
  • Liablity [MeSH]
  • Malpractice [MeSH]
  • Safety Management [MeSH]
  • Risk Management [MeSH}
  • surgical procedure
  • Checklist [MeSH, added 2010; for searching prior to 2010, use as keyword only]
  • surgical safety checklist

PubMed Instant Search: Patient Safety

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