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Grant awarded to develop communication training for physicians

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 6, 2006

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Joint Commission Resources received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop a training series to help physicians and other practitioners improve patient safety through better communication.

The JCR project will develop educational materials for physicians, nurses and other clinical professionals to encourage effective communication within their disciplines and across professions. The training series will include presentation materials, trainer guidelines, group- and individual-participant materials and video scenarios about patient safety.

The series is expected to be available in the fall of 2007. It will be used in hospitals and will include a Web site featuring a bulletin-board system and downloadable resources. The Joint Commission Sentinel Event database shows that communication is cited as a root cause in nearly 70% of reported sentinel events.

Illinois-based JCR is a nonprofit affiliate of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/02/06/prbf0206.htm.

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