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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the National Patient Safety Foundation merged into one organization in May 1, 2017, under the name Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Together, we are combining our knowledge and resources to focus and energize the patient safety agenda in order to build systems of safety across the continuum of care. Please visit to learn more about our programs.


Professional Resources and Support


Online Learning

Patient Safety Curriculum — 10-module online course, CME accredited, self-paced, with audio lectures, presentations, and videos, providing the context, key principles, and competencies associated with the discipline of patient safety and their application in everyday practice.

Virtual Training – Offering Continuing Education (CE) credit and the convenience of a webcast format to foster peer-to-peer collaboration.

Certification in Patient Safety - IHI/NPSF supports the CPPS credential, which establishes the standard for patient safety competency and distinguishes health care professionals who meet the knowledge requirements; ASPPS membership provides a discount on the cost of the examination.

Awards - in recent years, NPSF has presented their Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Award and has partnered to confer the NPSF DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and the John Q. Sherman Award for Excellence in Patient Engagement. The National Safety Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute has participated with the Doctors Company Foundation to confer the Young Physicians Patient Safety Award.



IHI/NPSF Patient Safety Congress - the premier educational and networking event for the field, crafted by patient safety leaders, providing real-world tools, resources, and evidence-based solutions to patient safety issues.

The IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Annual Forum & Keynote Dinner - once a year, the Lucian Leape Institute holds a forum for open conversations with the distinguished members of the Institute, followed by a reception and dinner featuring a keynote speaker.

Patient Safety Awareness Week - an annual, national and international, NPSF-led education and awareness campaign for health care safety.


American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety - the first and only individual, multidisciplinary membership program with patient safety as its organizing principle. ASPPS was established to advance patient safety as a distinct and vital health care discipline, and to build an engaged community of individuals committed to accelerating the delivery of safe patient care.

NPSF Patient Safety Coalition - is designed to accelerate visibility, opportunity, and thought leadership for solutions providers, associations, advocacy groups, and all others sharing an unwavering commitment to health care safety; the NPSF Patient Safety Coalition welcomes stakeholders from across the continuum of care.

Stand Up for Patient Safety™  - an organizational membership that provides tools, education, and shared learning opportunities needed to support patient safety initiatives across the care continuum. Membership is open to hospitals, physician practices, ambulatory facilities, health systems, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. Most benefits are available to all staff.


IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute

The IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute is comprised of a select group of deeply committed thought leaders working to provide strategic vision and create transformational change in patient safety.

Online Publications

Current Awareness Literature Alert - a twice-monthly publication identifying articles of interest to the patient safety community.

Focus on Patient Safety Archive - the archive of Focus on Patient Safety, a peer-reviewed publication that provided timely coverage of key patient safety topics and NPSF news. This publication was retired in 2013.

Member e-News, Stand Up and ASPPS — monthly emails with news items targeted to members of, respectively, Stand Up for Patient Safety and the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety.

Patient and Family Support

Ask Me 3® - furnishes information and resources for educating patients and providers about health literacy and improving patient-provider communication.


Education and Resources – view educational materials and resources for patients and families


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