Two decades ago, a landmark study by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) highlighted the prevalence of medical errors and called for a national commitment to reduce patient harm. Despite substantial investment by government and private institutions to increase patient safety, progress has been slow and uneven. A new study, published today in the November issue of the journal Health Affairs, sheds light on what more can be done.
January 1, 1988 | Dr. Linda H. Aiken came to the University of Pennsylvania from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she served as Vice President. As one of the first Trustee Professors to join the School of Nursing, she began immediately to use the research fundng component of the professorship.
January 1993. President Clinton launched a reform effort to provide universal coverage using “managed competition” and appointed the First Lady to assemble the health care reform task force. Aiken was among the few nurses appointed by Hillary Rodham Clinton to serve among the top ranks of the task force.