July 12, 2016--Recently the National Patient Safety Foundation conducted a survey to assess interest in and use of online patient safety discussion forums, including the forum that NPSF currently provides on its website. Thank you to all of you who took the time to participate in this survey.
Here are some key findings revealed by our survey:
"I didn’t know the forum existed."
A number of you were not aware that NPSF provides a patient safety discussion forum on its website. We have taken steps to make the forum more visible and easier to find. It can be accessed at www.npsf.org under the Community tab, or bookmark this link: www.npsf.org/forums/Default.aspx.
You may also notice that we are including links to forum discussions in many of our email newsletters and webcast presentations.
"I thought I had to be a member to participate."
Although members of NPSF programs are strongly encouraged to participate, you do not need to be an NPSF member to participate in the forum. The forum is open to anyone who has an interest in constructive discussion of topics related to patient safety.
"I want NPSF to make the forum easier to use."
A number of you indicated that you would be more likely to use the forum if the processes for signing up, posting and receiving messages, and managing subscription settings were made easier. To assist with this, we have created a page with quick instructions on getting started with and using the forum. Go here for quick instructions. Go here for detailed instructions on posting and managing subscription settings.
NSPF is continuing to evaluate user friendly options and improvements that will allow you to network and share within the safety community. If you have any questions or suggestions, we will be happy to help. Please contact Anita Spielman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.391.9921.