Research and initiatives to improve patient safety in ambulatory settings have been limited over the past decade, and this area deserves more focus and resources, according to a report by the American Medical Association.
Key findings from the report, which examined ten years of research data in patient safety in ambulatory settings include:
- While there are some studies about medical errors in ambulatory settings, very few of these studies examine how the errors could have been prevented.
- Most of the research has been done in the primary care setting, while very few have examined other types of outpatient practices.
- There is little research on the safety of ambulatory surgery compared to surgery in a hospital setting.
The report concludes that more research is needed to assess and improve patient safety in the ambulatory care setting.