Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

ODPHP is committed to achieving high-quality health care for all Americans. Our initiatives aim to increase patient safety through prevention strategies focused on adverse drug events, health care-associated infections, and other aspects of patient care.

News & Announcements

What’s Your Role in the Fight Against Stroke?

Stroke takes a serious toll on the health of Americans: Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of a stroke. All health care providers — physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others — play an important role in preventing this deadly disease. And May, as National Stroke Awareness Month, is the perfect time to reflect on what each of us can do to prevent, detect, and treat stroke.

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Featured Initiatives

Adverse Drug Events

Adverse Drug Events

Many ADEs (injuries that result from medical intervention related to a drug) are preventable. Our national action plan to prevent ADEs seeks to engage leaders at all levels to use evidence-based guidelines and strategies to help prevent ADEs.

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Health Care-Associated Infections

Health Care-Associated Infections

HAIs (infections people get while they are receiving health care) are a significant cause of illness and death. Our national action plan to reduce HAIs provides a road map for preventing HAIs in health care facilities.

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Pathways to Safer Opioid Use course

Pathways to Safer Opioid Use

This interactive training for health professionals promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain.

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Partnering to Heal course

Partnering to Heal

This online video-simulation training program focuses on HAI prevention for clinicians, health professional students, and patient advocates.

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