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

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Find resources and more information below.

Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs)

Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections (HAIs)

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.

Prevent Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

Prevent Adverse Drug Events (ADEs)

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 National Action Plan for ADEs Prevention.

Training Tools

Training Tools

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.

Events and Awards

Events and Awards

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.

Health Care Quality Projects

Health Care Quality Projects

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.

Federal Resources for Health Care Quality

Federal Resources for Health Care Quality

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