Vanderbilt Center for Clinical Improvement

Professional Reading

Patient Safety


To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System by the Institute of Medicine, 2000

Landmark publication from the Institute of Medicine.  This report lays out a comprehensive strategy by which government, health care providers, industry, and consumers can reduce preventable medical errors. Concluding that the know-how already exists to prevent many of these mistakes, the report sets as a minimum goal a 50 percent reduction in errors over the next five years.

 Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century by Committee on Quality of Health Care in America and Institute of Medicine, 2001


Health Care Quality Improvement

  The Quality Advantage: A Strategic Guide for Health Care Leaders by Joanne E. Turnbull and Julianne M. Morath, 1998
To Do No Harm: Ensuring patient Safety in Health Care Organizations
by Julianne M. Morath RN MS, Joanne E. Turnbull PHD, and Lucian L. Leape, 2004
Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results
by Michael E. Porter and Elizabeth Olmsted Teisberg, 2006

Human Factors

 The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error by Sidney Dekker

  Human Error by James Reason, 1990


Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
by Jim Collins, 2001
 Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies by Charles Perrow, 1984

 The Psychology of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman, 1988.
 Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents by James Reason, 1997
 Human Factors in Aviation, Earl Wiener & David Nagel (eds), 1988

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