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Currently Transparent Learning offers its Introduction to Patient Safety series using the Confidence-Based Learning™ (CBL) System with two courses, Foundations of Patient Safety and Organizations Guiding Quality and Patient Safety.

Introduction to Patient Safety Series
The Introduction to Patient Safety series from Transparent Learning conveys timely knowledge on critical Institute of Medicine (IOM) safety/quality reports, the role that key organizations play in patient safety and quality improvement, and other topics. This introductory series is broadly applicable to the healthcare industry and is especially relevant to patient safety leaders, insurance companies, policymakers, health science students, residents, hospital staff and anyone else interested in the foundations of the Patient Safety Movement. Its core curriculum is derived from IOM reports that are considered the bedrock of the modern patient safety movement in the healthcare industry. This series introduces basic concepts related to medical errors, patient safety and quality care outcomes. Introduction to Patient Safety also reveals the mission and programs of key safety organizations, as well as other important topics in patient safety.

Patient safety focuses on the avoidance, prevention, and amelioration of adverse outcomes or injuries caused by the processes of providing patient care. It is fundamental to healthcare practice and is a common goal of all health science professionals. IOM's To Err Is Human report in 1999 conservatively estimated that up to 98,000 patients die every year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. This makes preventable medical errors the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. In its follow-up report, Crossing the Quality Chasm, IOM strongly called for changes in current healthcare processes, systems, research and education that addresses the problems associated with safety and outcomes.

The series is delivered through the Confidence-Based Learning™ (CBL) System, which is designed to assess true knowledge. This assessment is achieved through the CBL educational format, which determines knowledge quality and confidence in that knowledge.

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Transparent Learning’s initial Introduction to Patient Safety CBL modules were shown to be 15-20% more effective than traditional learning techniques when knowledge acquisition was assessed in a randomized, double-blinded, cross-over study with first year medical students at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

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“A Comparison of the Confidence-Based Learning™ Methodology to Traditional Learning Methodologies on the Patient Safety Knowledge of First-Year Medical Students” by David Mayer MD