- Safety has to do with lack of harm; quality has to do with efficient, effective, purposeful care that gets the job done at the right time for the right cost.
- Safety focuses on avoiding bad events, quality focuses on doing things well.
- Safety makes it less likely that mistakes happen. Quality raises the ceiling so the overall care experience is a better one.
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Hospital Safety Score answeredThe difference between patient safety and quality has been debated for some time. Safety was described as one of the 6 elements of quality healthcare in a 2001 Institute of Medicine report called “Crossing the Quality Chasm.” Patient safety is recognized as an important element of an effective, efficient healthcare system.