Patrick Romano and Debra Bakerjian of UC Davis Health have become co-editors-in-chief of PSNet ― the Patient Safety Network ― a globally recognized web-based resource for scholarship and perspectives in the field of patient safety.
Romano is a professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and researcher with the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research. He is widely known as an expert on developing measures to accurately assess health care quality and safety.
Bakerjian, a clinical professor at Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, focuses on patient safety and quality improvement in long-term care, interprofessional education and collaborative practice in primary care.
Launched in 2005, PSNet is a project of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site is regarded worldwide as an authoritative resource for evidence-based practices that can reduce adverse events. PSNet encompasses WebM&M, an online journal featuring expert analysis of anonymously reported medical errors and interactive learning modules on patient safety.
“Our team searches for the most recent research and selects and summarizes 15 to 20 of the best studies, tools, news articles and upcoming activities to appear each week on the site,” Bakerjian explained. “In addition, we review and provide expert commentary on cases describing medical errors and patient harms that have been submitted anonymously from hospitals all over the U.S.”
One of those cases each month is featured as a “Spotlight Case.” Spotlights are certified for AMA PRA Category 1TM credit and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) units through the American Board of Internal Medicine for providers who read and pass a quiz about the Spotlight. UC Davis Health’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) offers Category 1 Credit and maintenance of certification (MOC) units to providers who read and pass a quiz about the spotlight. Up to 8,000 learners do so every month.
The UC Davis Health team also selects topics for and expands primers on the site, which are short essays on fundamental patient safety concepts.
“Working with Dr. Bakerjian in a collaborative leadership capacity on this important project is a tremendous privilege and honor,” Romano said. “Our selection reflects the commitment of our UC Davis schools of health to continuously advancing the field of patient safety and educating health professionals worldwide about improving the quality of care.”
Romano and Bakerjian have assembled an accomplished multidisciplinary team of UC Davis Health faculty and staff to support their work on PSNet, who are all highlighted here. They invite all clinicians to visit PSNet to see the expansive patient safety materials and resources the site provides.