Improving patient safety by shifting power from health professionals to patients.
BMJ 2023(383):2219, 2278, 2319, 2331.
This compendium of editorials and opinion pieces discuss “Martha’s Rule,” a new policy in the United Kingdom motivated by the death of a pediatric patient to sepsis and the systemic weaknesses contributing to the adverse outcome. The policy is intended to encourage patients and caregivers to request a second opinion if a patient’s health condition is deteriorating and they feel their concerns are not being taken seriously by the healthcare team. The articles discuss the importance effective communication between clinicians, caregivers, and patients, mitigating adverse impacts of hierarchies, and the role of patient and caregiver engagement in the design of safe healthcare systems.