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Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency


Report of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Roundtable on Transparency


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Suggested citation:
National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute. Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency. Boston, MA: National Patient Safety Foundation; 2015.








Defining transparency as “the free flow of information that is open to the scrutiny of others,” this report offers sweeping recommendations to bring greater transparency in four domains: between clinicians and patients; among clinicians within an organization; between organizations; and between organizations and the public. It makes the case that true transparency will result in improved outcomes, fewer medical errors, more satisfied patients, and lowered costs of care.

Case studies are included to document how transparency is practiced in each of the domains. 


Click here to download the full report [PDF]
Click here to download the Executive Summary [PDF]


From the Lucian Leape Institute Webcast, February 12, 2015

Click here to download the Presentation Slides [PDF]

Click here to download the Webcast Audio [MP3]


Advancing Transparency in Health Care

Actions that health care leaders, board members, health care professionals, and patients and families should be taking.

Click here to download the checklist [PDF]


 Read the June 2015 post by NPSF Lucian Leape Institute members on the Health Affairs blog.

You Can't Understand Something You Hide: Transparency as a Path to Improve Patient Safety


Thank you

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute gratefully acknowledges the following organizations for their generous support of the production and dissemination of this report and their commitment to transparency as an essential element in the delivery of safe care:

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals; MagMutual Patient Safety Institute; Cincinnati Children’s; Duke Medicine; Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality & Safety at Massachusetts General Hospital; Johns Hopkins Medicine; the Leapfrog Group; University of Michigan Health System; Virginia Mason Health System.

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