laboration is a major element in the delivery of quality care (IOM, 2001), there is limited interprofessional education related to patient safety (Mitchell et al., 2005).

A number of institutions are beginning to offer courses in medication/ patient safety:

  • The Faculty Leadership in Interprofessional Education to Promote Patient Safety project created a patient safety–oriented curriculum for the training of health profession faculty leaders (Mitchell et al., 2005).

  • Creighton University has an interprofessional patient safety course available for students in business, law, social work, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, and dentistry (Creighton, 2005).

  • The British Pharmacological Society’s Clinical Section Committee has developed a core curriculum for the teaching of safe and effective prescribing in U.K. medical schools (Maxwell and Walley, 2003).

  • With the help of a grant from AHRQ, a continuing education curriculum in ambulatory care aimed at advancing patient safety and incorporating a medication errors module was developed (Mottur-Pilson, 2005).

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison Center, again with funding from AHRQ, has developed a graduate certificate in patient safety (BT Karsh). The certificate requires five courses (including a mandatory course on medication-use safety), a patient safety practicum, and a series of seminars by guest lecturers.

  • Through a grant from AHRQ, the National Patient Safety Foundation partnered with the Medical College of Wisconsin to develop web-based educational patient safety materials for physicians, nurses, and patients (Hendee et al., 2005; NPSF, 2005).

Other sources of educational material are the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics, a research program administered by AHRQ in consultation with the FDA and agencies within DHHS. The mission of the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics is to conduct research and provide education that will advance the optimal use of drugs, medical devices, and biological products. In early 2006, four more centers, including one devoted to consumer use of medication, were added to the network (CERTS, 2006).

Finally, regarding the use of information technology systems to improve medication safety, a joint American Health Information Management Association/American Medical Informatics Association report has pointed out that no systematic plan exists for training the current health care workforce to use information technology tools to do their jobs (AHIMA/AMIA, 2006). This report called on the health care industry to educate its employees at all levels that information technology is an integral



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