Qual Saf Health Care 13:218-222 doi:10.1136/qshc.2002.003103
  • Education and training

Clinicians, librarians and patient safety: opportunities for partnership

  1. L Zipperer
  1. Correspondence to:
 L Zipperer
 Zipperer Project Management, 1002 Washington Street #3E, Evanston, IL 60202, USA;
  • Accepted 29 November 2003


Librarians could improve the safety of medical care through greater participation in patient safety initiatives. A librarian’s expertise in accessing the evidence base could enhance the safety and appropriateness of care in a clinical environment. In addition, librarians could apply specific technical knowledge management skills to medicine. To realize improvements from these skill sets, healthcare leaders must consider ways of working with librarians to enhance patient safety.


  • Lorri Zipperer is a librarian and works as a consultant on patient safety information projects. She served as the Information Project Manager for the National Patient Safety Foundation from 1996 to 2000.

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