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Quality & Patient Safety Portal: Selected Databases

All Databases

For an A-Z list of all of the library's databases, please go to the library's Databases page.

Sample Search Terms: Patient Safety

Search terms will vary, depending on the database you are using.  Below is a list of useful terms, with Medical Subject Headings noted (used in PubMed and MEDLINE OvidSP).  Be prepared to use synonyms in your searches, as patient safety is a relatively new concept to the literature.

  • Patient Safety [MeSH, added 2012]
  • patient AND safety
  • Accident Prevention [MeSH]
  • Medical Errors [MeSH]
  • Iatrogenic Disease [MeSH]
  • Disclosure [MeSH]
  • Truth Disclosure [MeSH]
  • Liablity [MeSH]
  • Malpractice [MeSH]
  • Safety Management [MeSH]
  • Risk Management [MeSH}
  • surgical procedure
  • Checklist [MeSH, added 2010]
  • surgical safety checklist

Sample Search Terms: Quality Improvement

Search terms will vary, depending on the database you are using.  Below is a list of useful terms, with Medical Subject Headings noted (used in PubMed and MEDLINE OvidSP).  Be prepared to use synonyms in your searches, as QI is a relatively new concept to the literature.

  • Quality Improvement[MeSH, added 2011]
  • quality AND improvement
  • Quality of Health Care[MeSH]
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care[MeSH]
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care[MeSH]
  • Health Plan Implementation[MeSH]
  • Total Quality Managment[MeSH]
  • Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation[MeSH]
  • Cost of Illness[MeSH]
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care[MeSH]

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