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Medical Errors and Patient Safety

This guide is designed as an introduction to researching medical errors and patient safety.

Films on Demand Service

There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.


Filling the gap between doctor and patient, pharmacists are in an ideal position to positively influence health literacy. After a concise examination of health literacy—what it is, how it impacts health care, and how it may present during patient/pharmacist interactions—this program employs four scenarios to illustrate how to read the signs of low health literacy and then tailor information and instructions to ensure that the patient understands.


Blaming and shaming nurses and doctors and pharmacists and other healthcare workers for medical mistakes doesn't improve safety and transparency. Here's what does. #JustCulture‚Äč

The human element can give us kindness and compassion; it can also give us what we don't want— mistakes and failure. Leilani Schweitzer's son died after a series of medical mistakes. In her talk she discusses the importance and possibilities of transparency in medicine, especially after preventable errors. And how truth and compassion are essential for healing.