Partnering with experts and health care organizations around the world, IHI innovates approaches that transform patient and workforce safety, demonstrably eliminate harm and save lives, and build capability and competencies for the health care workforce to enable continuous improvement, spread, and sustainability for safety in all care settings.
As described in Safer Together: National Action Plan to Advance Patient Safety, IHI seeks to advance a total systems approach to safety: integration of safety science and high-reliability principles to mitigate and prevent risks; committed leaders who foster a culture of safety and ensure workforce safety and well-being; meaningful engagement of patients and families to co-design safety; and learning systems that continuously improve and enable safety to propagate within and beyond organizations.
IHI aims to integrate patient safety, workforce safety, and workforce well-being, grounded in evidence and the science and methods of improvement, to ensure that every patient receives safe, reliable, effective, and equitable care from a fully-enabled health care workforce.
Enhance Your Knowledge and Skills to Improve Patient Safety
Free Resources and Tools to Support Your Work to Improve Patient Safety
Patient and Workforce Safety Initiatives
Related Improvement Areas
Health care workforce safety — physical, psychological, and emotional — is inextricably linked to patient safety, outcomes, and experience of care.
Workforce Well-Being and Joy in Work
The well-being and engagement of the health care workforce impacts health care quality, workforce safety, patient safety, and patient experience.
Expertise in Improving Health and Health Care
IHI Patient Safety Congress
The IHI Patient Safety Congress on May 14–16, 2024, is the must-attend conference for those who continue to shape smarter, safer, more equitable care for patients wherever it’s provided — from the hospital and outpatient settings to the home.Learn More