Improving Outcomes and Eliminating Harm

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality provides an infrastructure that oversees, coordinates and supports patient safety and quality efforts across Johns Hopkins' integrated health care system. Our mission is to eliminate patient harm, achieve best patient outcomes at the lowest possible cost and share that knowledge through our research and trainings.

  • Clinical Operations

    Providing highest quality and safest care at Johns Hopkins Medicine

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  • Research

    Advancing the science of safety and quality

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  • Education & Training

    Partnering with others to improve patient care

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  • Our Team

    Meet our community of safety and quality investigators

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  • About Us

    Learn about our history, the work we do and how to join the Armstrong team

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  • Donate

    Your gift can help improve patient safety and quality of care

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Other Featured News and Research

Public Health Impact of Serious Harms from Diagnostic Error in the U.S.

Little is known about the full scope of harms related to medical misdiagnosis. A team from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute Center for Diagnostic Excellence and partners from the Risk Management Foundation of the Harvard Medical Institutions derived what is believed to be the first rigorous national estimate of permanent disability and death from diagnostic error.

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The impact of emotional support on healthcare workers and students coping with COVID-19, and other SARS-CoV pandemics – a mixed-methods systematic review

In this article, Albert Wu, M.D., and colleagues analyze how pandemics such as COVID-19 pose threats to the physical safety of healthcare workers and students.

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Incorporating Patient Safety and Quality Course Into the Nursing Curriculum: An Assessment of Student Gains

In this study, Hanan Aboumatar, M.D., M.P.H. and colleagues evaluated the impact of a quality and patient safety course on the knowledge and system thinking of students at different stages of the undergraduate nursing course.

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Assessing Interventions on Crowdsourcing Platforms to Nudge Patients for Engagement Behaviors in Primary Care Settings: Randomized Controlled Trial

Ayse P. Gurses, Ph.D., M.S., and collaborators recently published a report in the Journal of Medical Internet Research assessing the effectiveness of interventions on electronic crowdsourcing platforms to modify patient engagement behaviors in primary care settings.

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The Use of Telemedicine for Perioperative Pain Management During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Johns Hopkins Personalized Pain Program adopted telemedicine for perioperative pain management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In this study, Jill Marsteller, Ph.D., and colleagues examined the impact of telemedicine adoption on the quality and outcomes of perioperative pain management

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“It’s Probably an STI because You’re Gay”: a Qualitative Study of Diagnostic Error Experiences in Sexual and Gender Minority Individuals

Kathryn McDonald, Ph.D., and colleagues, in this paper, find that anti-sexual and gender minority (SMG) bias, queerphobia, lack of provider training and heteronormative attitudes can hinder diagnostic decision-making and communication with SMG patients.

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Our Patient Safety and Quality Projects

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality leads regional, national and international projects that reduce preventable harm, improve patient and clinical outcomes, and decrease health care costs. We apply a scientific approach to improvement, employing robust measures and rigorous data-collection methods that can be broadly disseminated and sustained.

Request Assistance for Quality and Safety Projects

Information on how to seek advice or help from the Armstrong Institute to further your research or patient safety and quality projects

"Never Again”

Sharing his personal story of how a medical error severely impacted his life, C. Michael Armstrong, past chairman of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins Medicine, explains his commitment to health care improvement and the creation of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

Learn about Our History

The Power of Giving!

Our goal is to eliminate preventable harm to patients and to achieve the best patient outcomes at the lowest cost possible, and then to share knowledge of how to achieve this goal with the world.The research and improvement programs of the Armstrong Institute directly benefit patients by reducing medical errors and complications, improving clinical outcomes, and delivering care that treats patients with the dignity and respect that they deserve.

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