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Maureen Smith and Pascale Carayon Awarded $2.5 Million to Create Patient Safety Learning Lab


Dr. Maureen Smith, professor in the Departments of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine & Community Health and Dr. Pascale Carayon, the Procter & Gamble Bascom Professor in Total Quality in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, were recently awarded $2.5 million from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to create a patient safety learning lab.

Drs. Carayon and Smith will collaborate with a transdisciplinary team of engineers, health services researchers, nurses, physicians, and pharmacists on this 4-year grant, entitled “Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Populations”. The aim of this project is to develop, design, implement, and evaluate a patient safety passport that will support the safe journey of older adults diagnosed with a fall or suspected urinary tract infection in the emergency department.

Older adults over 65 are both more likely to present to the emergency department, and experience patient safety issues following their visit, as compared to younger people. The patient safety passport will be used by patients, caregivers, and clinicians in the emergency department, hospital, and skilled nursing facility. It will facilitate communication and coordination as the patient transitions from the emergency department to the hospital, skilled nursing facility, or home.