Partnering to Improve Quality and Safety: A Framework for Working with Patient and Family Advisors

Health Research & Educational Trust. (2015, March). Partnering to improve quality and safety: A framework for working with patient and family advisors. Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust. Accessed at

To truly transform care, hospitals and care systems must effectively engage patients and their families. This guide presents a framework for one powerful way to engage patients – as advisors on quality and patient safety initiatives. The Symposium for Leaders in Healthcare Quality developed this guide to help hospitals and care systems build and sustain partnerships with patient and family advisors, specifically to improve quality and safety. Health care leaders have an opportunity to use the insights and expertise of patient and family advisors to accelerate the pace of transformation in pursuit of the Triple Aim—better care, better health and lower cost. This guide presents how-to steps to get started.