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The need for risk management to evolve to assure a culture of safety
  1. A M Kuhn1,
  2. B J Youngberg2
  1. 1Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety, University of Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. 2Vice President Insurance, Risk, Quality and Legal Services, University Health System Consortium, Oak Brook, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to:
 Ms M Kuhn, Director of Patient Safety Department, University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, IL 60637, USA;


There is a need for the traditional risk management model, which focuses on department based risk assessment, loss management and risk financing, to evolve to enable it to become more responsive to the increasing demands for safety and accountability imposed on the current US healthcare system. The risk management focus must become more strategic and systems based, and less crisis orientated and individual provider based, in order to provide its greatest value to the organization and the patients those organizations serve.

  • risk management
  • patient safety

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  • * This article is based on a paper entitled "Meeting the challenges of patient safety through design of a new risk management process" by B Youngberg published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management and is reproduced here with the permission of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management ASHRM).

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