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FAQ and Resources

The Patient Safety Privacy Protection Center (PSOPPC) has received many questions regarding Common Formats. In response to those questions, the PSOPPC has produced a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and corresponding answers.


PSOs are required to collect and analyze data in a standardized manner. AHRQ created the Common Formats (common definitions and reporting formats) to help providers uniformly report patient safety events and improve health care provider's efforts to eliminate harm.

To receive more information regarding the Common Formats, please send questions to pso@ahrq.hhs.gov or call at (866) 403-3697.

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