EM1904F "The Role of High Reliability in Patient Safety" (IM GR-041919)

Purpose and Overview: The purpose of this Grand Rounds is to provide information on the current state of health care quality in the U.S. and describe the role of high reliability theory in quality improvement and patient safety. This will be accomplished with a discussion of quality metrics and outcomes of the U.S. health care system. The role of high reliability will be discussed in a review of current theories of high reliability and how some organizations have used the principles of high reliability in building safer health care delivery systems.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe the state of the U.S. health care system in terms of quality and safety
  • Describe the components of an effective health care quality system
  • Discuss two theories of high reliability
  • Describe several principles that any health care provider can use to provide more reliable and safe care for their patients
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: W. Gary Reed, M.D.W. Gary Reed, M.D.
Associate Dean, Quality, Safety, and Outcomes Education
Professor, Internal Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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