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Creighton Forms Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety

Creighton Forms Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety

Creighton University announced today, Nov. 11, the formation of the Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety.

The center, based in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, includes a core group of more than two dozen Creighton faculty members from health sciences, law, business and other disciplines. The center’s goal is to reduce preventable medical errors and injuries to patients and health care providers through research, education and community-based partnerships.

Medical errors were the fifth leading cause of U.S. deaths, accounting for up to 98,000 deaths in 1999 (the most recent years for which an estimate is available), according to the Institute of Medicine, and that number is probably low.

In addition to reducing medical errors, the center will also serve as a training point for tomorrow’s health professionals, said Kim Galt, Pharm.D., center director and associate dean for research in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.

“The interdisciplinary training of our students is essential to our society’s future ability to solve problems in safety,” Galt said. “Our students need to be involved in the research about discovering ways to improve health care delivery. This center will bridge the practical world of health care and science for these students.”

The center will be partially funded by a $1.5 million dollar grant recently awarded to the University by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Galt is the principal investigator.

The collaborative work of Creighton University faculty and students with community and government partners to advance health safety is not new. The first working group at Creighton formed in 2004 and, since that time, has received in excess of $4 million in grants and contracts to improve health safety through research and education.

“The Center for Health Services Research and Patient Safety is a maturation of our Creighton Health Services Research Program (CHRP), established over four years ago. Elevating the program to the status of a university-wide center is an important accomplishment for Creighton University and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions and is directly in line with the mission of the University,” said J. Chris Bradberry, Pharm.D., school dean.

For more information, visit http://chrp.creighton.edu. Health care professionals and other community leaders who are interested in participating in the center or other CHRP programs should contact Galt at kgalt@creighton.edu.