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Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Maintaining and improving the quality of the Nation’s health care system is an important part of keeping patients safe. The Division of Health Care Quality in the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) is leading efforts to:

  • Improve patient safety and health care quality in many areas of health care
  • Reduce health care-associated infections
  • Reduce adverse drug events

Find resources and more information below.

HAIs are infections that people get while receiving health care. Prevention of HAIs is an important public health and patient safety issue, and the Division of Health Care Quality is leading a national action plan toward this goal. Learn more about HAIs and the Road Map to Elimination.

ADEs are injuries related to the use of a drug or medicine in a health care setting. Preventing ADEs is a critical patient safety and public health challenge, and the development of a national action plan is currently underway. Read the draft National Action Plan for ADEs Prevention.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has several online tools to help health care professionals, patients, and family members take steps to increase health care quality and patient safety. Check out the trainings and tools.

Meeting reports, presentations, and transcripts from ODPHP events relating to health care quality are available to the public — including the annual Partnership in Prevention award. Read, watch, or listen to information about events.

The Division of Health Care Quality leads several national and regional projects to monitor and improve health care quality. Learn more about health care quality projects.

Many federal agencies are teaming up to increase health care quality and improve patient safety. Find resources for professionals, patients, and families.

 

This site is coordinated by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.