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    Examine Lucian Leape, his impact on patient safety, and how the Institute of Medicine's report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System was his motivation and impetus for change.

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    This bio on Lucian Leape that will help you give some background info: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/lucian-leape/

    I feel that the most important facts related to his work in patient safety are outlined below:
    - He has published over 100 papers on patient safety and quality of care.
    - He has testified many times before Congress and served on numerous public and private organizational boards and committees.
    - Dr. Leape was one of the founders of the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Error, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Session on Medical Error.

    He was a member of the Institute of Medicine's Quality in America Committee, which published "To Err is Human". According to Google Scholar, this article has been cited over 9000 times in other journals. This huge amount of citations indicates the importance of this document with respect to the field of patient safety.


    If you would like to use proper citation for this article use this form:

    Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson M. To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine, 1999

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    This solution contains a biography of Lucian Leape, including key contributions he made throughout his lifetime. References are included.