Patient safety: what about the patient?
Vincent CA, Coulter A. Qual Saf Health Care. 2002;11:76-80.
In this perspective, Vincent and Coulter highlight the need for increased patient involvement in the patient safety movement. The authors emphasize that neither the patient’s role in preventing errors nor the impact of these errors on patients and their families has been adequately addressed. The authors outline the patient’s role in increasing diagnostic accuracy, determining appropriate treatment, choosing experienced providers, ensuring effective treatment and disease management, and monitoring adverse events. In addition, the authors explain that psychological injury from medical errors must be acknowledged and dealt with appropriately, including honest disclosure, apology, continued support, and plans for preventing future events.
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The many faces of error disclosure: a common set of elements and a definition.
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Patients as Partners: How to Involve Patients and Families in Their Own Care.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL: Joint Commission Resources; 2006. ISBN: 0866889965.
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