AAFP Holds First Conference on Patient Safety
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 11, 2003
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5222
The conference provides a forum for primary care educators, researchers and policy makers to share information that will help create safe environments for patients, staff and providers.
A packed agenda is planned for this conference. Leading primary care researchers and educators will present their current work and the immediate implications of their work for improving patient safety.
- Helen Burstin, M.D., MPH, AHRQ Director of the Center for Primary Care Research is the keynote speaker. She will provide an overview of the AHRQ perspective on ambulatory primary care patient safety;
- Gerald Hickson, M.D., Vanderbilt University vice chairman of Pediatrics, will review the patient’s role;
- David Bates, M.D., MSc, medical director of Clinical and Quality Analysis for Partners Health Care, will discuss the research challenges; and
- Joseph Scherger, M.D., M.P.H., clinical professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, will identify the education challenges in ambulatory primary care patient safety.
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Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 110,600 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.
Approximately one in four of all office visits are made to family physicians. That is 240 million office visits each year — nearly 87 million more than the next largest medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
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