Trade News Release
October 10, 2000
Contact: Frank Meilinger
PHONE: (202) 693-1999
AGENCIES SCHEDULE CONFERENCE ON BEST PRACTICES FOR ENHANCING WORK CONDITIONS, PATIENT SAFETY
Enhancing working conditions and patient safety in health care settings is the theme for a national conference October 17-18 in Pittsburgh sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Center for Infectious Diseases, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Veterans Health Administration.
This "best practices" conference will focus on evidence-based approaches to improving both working conditions and patient safety in health care. Conference participants will discuss successful and unsuccessful practices in these areas by reviewing both the barriers encountered and practical examples of improvements that can be replicated by others.
Building on insights gained from a similar meeting held in October 1999, the conference format will facilitate discussion of interventions, programs, policies, or procedures in areas such as staffing and organization of work, physical environment and organizational culture.
In addition, the conference will address workplace safety in health care facilities. Breakout sessions will focus on understanding the unique risks and potential safety hazards encountered by health care workers and how improving worker safety can result in better quality of care for patients.
The audience for the conference includes health care providers, workers and their representatives, researchers, and others from government, academia, accrediting organizations, insurance systems and quality measurement groups. Among those making presentations are representatives of the sponsoring organizations, and representatives from private industry, labor and other sectors.
Further information on the conference, including the agenda with a complete list of speakers and topics to be covered, can be found on the Federal Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force's web site, www.quic.gov.
Members of the press can register to attend, or arrange to interview conference participants, by contacting Fred Blosser, NIOSH public affairs, (202) 260-8519, email@example.com, or Howard Holland, AHRQ public affairs, (301) 594-0314, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The text of this news release is on the World Wide Web at www.osha.gov. Information on this news release will be made available to sensory-impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 693-1999.