Recommended Reading

AHRQ Patient Safety Primers

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CMSA Recommended Book List

  • A Message to Garcia: And Other Essential Writings on Success. Hubbard E. 1899.
  • A Sense of Urgency. Kotter JP. 2008.
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. Pink D. 2005.
  • An Astronauts Guide to Life on Earth: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything. Hatfield C. 2013.
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking. Gladwell M. 2005.
  • Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success. Patterson K, et al. 2012.
  • Click: the magic of instant connections. Brafman O. 2010.
  • Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science. Gawande A. 2002.
  • Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving broken promises, violated expectations, and bad behavior. Patterson K, et al. 2011.
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High. Patterson K, et al. 2012.
  • Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply. Eban K. 2006.
  • Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things. Norman D. 2005.
  • Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More than IQ. Goleman D. 1995.
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Levitt S and Dubner S. 2009.
  • Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In. Fisher R., Ury WL, Patton B. 2011.
  • Hardwiring Excellence: Purpose, Worthwhile work, Making a difference. Studer Q. 2003.
  • If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 ½ Things you Would do Differently. Lee F. 2004.
  • Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. Patterson K, et al. 2008.
  • INTERNAL BLEEDING: The Truth Behind America's Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes. Wachter R and Shojania K. 2005.
  • Just Culture: Balancing Safety and Accountability. Dekker S. 2007.
  • Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in your Corporation. Womack J and Jones D. 2003.
  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Heath C and Heath D. 2007.
  • Managing the Unexpected: Resilient Performance in an Age of Uncertainty. Weick K and Sutcliffe K. 2007.
  • Medication Safety Officer’s Handbook (ASHP). Larson C and Saine D. 2013.
  • Outliers: The Story of Success. Gladwell M. 2011.
  • Strengths Finder 2.0. Rath T. 2007.
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. Brafman O. 2008.
  • The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. Maxwell JC. 2007.
  • The Blame Machine: Why Human Error Causes Accidents. Whittingham RB. 2004.
  • The Checklist Manifesto. Gawande A. 2009.
  • The Field Guide to Understanding Human Error. Dekker S. 2006.
  • The Last Lecture. Pausch R. 2008.
  • The New Reality: How to Make Change your Competitive Advantage. Schoemer K. 2007.
  • The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work. Gordon J. 2008.
  • The One Minute Manager. Blanchard K., Johnson S. 2015.
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. Gladwell M. 2000.
  • Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization. Logan D. 2008.
  • Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Godin S. 2008.
  • Wall of Silence: The Untold Story of the Medical Mistakes that Kill and Injure Millions of Americans. Gibson R and Singh J. 2003.
  • Whack-a-Mole: The Price We Pay For Experiencing Perfection. Marx D. 2009.
  • Why Hospitals Should Fly: The ultimate flight plan to patient safety and quality care. Nance J. 2008.
  • Why We Make Mistakes. Hallinan JT. 2009.

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