Studying the disconnect between safety theory and safety practice in the American medical system

The Foundation's Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research Program was designed to produce major works from senior and new investigators that would add to the health policy field's knowledge base.This project proposes to study, describe, analyze, and interpret the recent history of patient safety as a social and cultural change that has not delivered promised improvements in the quality of care. The research will provide data to promote policy that identifies leverage points for promoting a culture of safety while by-passing the forces that create resistance. The project will take three years to complete. The final product will be a book intended for a general audience that provides a richly textured description and analysis of the patient safety movement.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $282,281.00

Awarded on: 6/23/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 58103


University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences

120 Logan Hall
249 South 36th Street
Philadelphia, 19104-6304


Charles L. Bosk
Project Director