Lucian Leape Institute at NPSF
Providing a Strategic Vision for Improving Patient Safety
The Lucian Leape Institute was formed in 2007 to provide a strategic vision for improving patient safety. Composed of national thought leaders with a common interest in patient safety, the Institute functions as a think tank to identify new approaches to improving patient safety, call for the innovation necessary to expedite the work, create significant, sustainable improvements in culture, process, and outcomes, and encourage key stakeholders to assume significant roles in advancing patient safety.
The Institute is named for Lucian Leape, MD, who serves as chairman. Dr. Leape was a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Quality of Care in America Committee, which published To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System (1999) and Crossing the Quality Chasm (2001).
The Institute’s Work
The Lucian Leape Institute has focused on identifying and framing vital transforming concepts that require system-level attention and action. Six concepts have been identified to date:
- Medical education reform
- Active consumer engagement in all aspects of health care
- Transparency as a practiced value in everything we do
- Integration of care within and across health care delivery systems
- Restoration of joy and meaning in work
- The safety of the healthcare workforce
The critical concepts identified by the Lucian Leape Institute were presented in the Institute’s paper Transforming Healthcare: A Safety Imperative, published in Quality and Safety in Health Care, a British Medical Journal publication. Fulfilling the objectives embodied in these six concepts is critical to moving the national patient safety agenda forward; it is clear that this will require profound changes in the culture and structure of our health care system. Roundtables and executive sessions are being convened, in turn, to address each of these transforming concepts.
Contacting the Institute
The Lucian Leape Institute has its administrative offices in Boston, Mass., at the headquarters of the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation
268 Summer Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02210