Administrative data are readily available, inexpensive, computer readable, and cover large populations. Despite coding irregularities and limited clinical details, administrative data supplemented by tools such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) patient safety indicators (PSIs) could serve as a screen for potential patient safety problems that merit further investigation, offer valuable insights into adverse impacts and risks of medical errors and, to some extent, provide benchmarks for tracking progress in patient safety efforts at local, state, or national levels.
- patient safety research
- patient safety indicators
- error reporting
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Dr Miller completed the analysis presented here while serving as Acting Director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the US Department of Health and Human Services.