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National Patient Safety Foundation Awards Grants for Innovative Patient Safety Research

Thursday, January 6, 2005   (0 Comments)
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Jan 06, 2005 --- (McLean, VA)-The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is pleased to announce its grant recipients for 2004. The two awardees proposed research projects that highlight patient safety initiatives in occupational therapy and community-based patient education. Since 1998, the National Patient Safety Foundation Research Program has supported 23 research projects with more than $2 million in grant funding. The grants have generally been awarded to interdisciplinary teams to support a diverse set of research topics, including medication errors, organizational design, and disclosure or communication issues.


The NPSF Research Program joins with the American Medical Association (AMA) to support the grant, “Improve Patients’ Safety: Learning Model to Reduce Errors in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Practice.” This is the sixth year the NPSF and AMA have awarded a grant in the memory of James S. Todd, MD, who as Executive Vice President of the AMA was instrumental in founding the NPSF. This year’s award recipients are a team from Creighton University Medical Center. They include: Keli Mu, PhD, OTR, (Principal Investigator), Helene Goldstein-Lohman, OTD, OTR/L, Teresa M. Cochran, PT, DPT, GCS, MA, and Linda Scheirton, PhD. The $99,705 grant award is for their study aimed at understanding the phenomenon of practice errors in occupational and physical therapy, exploring preventive strategies, developing a learning model and disseminating educational materials designed to improve patient safety.


NPSF’s second grantee is a team from the University of Cincinnati Department of Family Medicine. This team has been awarded $99,878 for its study, “Community-based Patient Safety Education for the Elderly.” The members of this research group include Nancy Elder, MD, MSPH (Principal Investigator), Donald J. Cegala, PhD, Linda Levin, PhD, Douglas Post, PhD, and Saundra Regan, PhD. This study will investigate a community-based, patient safety intervention for independent living elderly. The hypothesis is that the intervention will lead to an increase in patient safety self-advocacy knowledge and skills and an increase in their use in the outpatient setting. Based on the findings of this project, NPSF hopes to develop new materials for elderly and other patient populations.


NPSF believes that these two projects will add to the body of knowledge about health care errors and will ultimately improve patient safety in areas that are often overlooked. “These studies are an important step in expanding our efforts to study and promote patient safety beyond acute care settings,” said Diane Pinakiewicz, NPSF Interim Executive Director and Board Member.


The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors by funding research and raising awareness with hospitals, healthcare systems, doctors, and nurses and the patients and families they serve. Having worked to make patient safety a national priority, the NPSF is working with the healthcare industry to find affordable ways through research and education to reduce medical errors and to improve the quality of the nation’s healthcare. The NPSF was founded in 1996 and incorporated in 1997 by the American Medical Association, CNA HealthPro, and 3M, with significant support from the Schering-Plough Corporation. For more information, visit

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