Perspectives on Safety
Narrow Results Clear All
- Communication Improvement 7
- Culture of Safety 9
- Education and Training 4
- Error Reporting and Analysis
- Human Factors Engineering 4
- Legal and Policy Approaches 18
- Quality Improvement Strategies 11
- Teamwork 3
- Technologic Approaches 1
- Transparency and Accountability 2
New Insights Into Apology and Disclosure Programs, April 2019
Dr. McDonald is President of the Center for Open and Honest Communication at the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, and Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University-Chicago School of Law and the Beazley Institute for Health Law and Policy. An internationally recognized patient safety expert, he served as a lead architect for the Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) toolkit, supported by AHRQ. We spoke with him about lessons learned over the years regarding event reporting and his insights about building and disseminating communication-and-resolution programs.
New Insights Into Apology and Disclosure Programs, April 2019
Dr. Schulz Moore is the Director of Learning and Teaching at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law and an Associate with the University of New South Wales School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her research in health law draws from her unique training in public health, law, and health social sciences. We spoke with her about disclosure and apology in health care as well as the intersection between health and legal systems in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.
Safety in the UK, June 2012
Professor Vincent, a psychologist by training, is one of the world’s leading patient safety researchers.
with commentary by Allen Kachalia, MD, JD, Disclosing Errors and Other Innovations in Risk Management, March 2012
This piece describes how evidence-based improvements to the medical liability system could influence both accountability and compensation for errors.
Incident Reporting, September 2011
A leading expert on evidence-based patient safety strategies and translating research into practice, Dr. Shojania is the Director of the University of Toronto Centre for Patient Safety and the new editor of BMJ Quality and Safety.
with commentary by Teryl K. Nuckols, MD, MSHS, Incident Reporting, September 2011
This piece discusses incident reporting systems as tools for improving patient safety.
Patient Safety Organizations, July 2011
In charge of implementing the PSO initiative for AHRQ, Dr. Munier is Director of the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety.
with commentary by Rory Jaffe, MD, MBA, Patient Safety Organizations, July 2011
This piece discusses the process by which one professional organization became a PSO.
Risk Management and Patient Safety, December 2010
Geri Amori, PhD, is Vice President for the Education Center at The Risk Management and Patient Safety Institute, and a popular writer and speaker.
with commentary by Barry M. Manuel, MD; Jack L. McCarthy; William Berry, MD, MPH; Kathy Dwyer, Risk Management and Patient Safety, December 2010
In 1990, a Harvard-based research team reported the incidence of medical errors in the state of New York, based on the hospital discharge analysis of 30,121 cases.
Measuring Patient Safety, November 2010
Patrick S. Romano, MD, MPH, is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.
with commentary by Amy K. Rosen, PhD, Measuring Patient Safety, November 2010
Emergency medicine has evolved from a location, with variably trained and experienced providers ("the ER"), to a discipline with a well-defined knowledge base and skill set that focus on the diagnosis and care of undifferentiated acute problems.
Checklists, October 2010
Peter J. Pronovost, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University and Director of the Johns Hopkins Quality and Safety Research Group. He may be best known for having led the Michigan Keystone project, which used checklists and other interventions to markedly reduce catheter-associated bloodstream infections in ICUs throughout the state. For this work and more, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and Time Magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. We asked him to speak with us about checklists and other thoughts about the science of improving patient safety.
The Role of the National Quality Forum (NQF) in the Quest for Transparency in U.S. Hospitals' Patient Safety Performance
with commentary by Lance L. Roberts, MS; Marcia M. Ward, PhD; Thomas C. Evans, MD, The National Quality Forum: A Key Player in Quality and Safety, April 2010
Over the last decade, considerable attention has focused on addressing deficiencies associated with health care quality and patient safety performance in the United States.
The National Quality Forum: A Key Player in Quality and Safety, April 2010
Janet M. Corrigan, PhD, MBA, is president and CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), a private, not-for-profit organization established in 1999 to develop and implement a national strategy for health care quality measurement and reporting.
Accreditation and Regulation, April 2009
Mark R. Chassin, MD, MPP, MPH, is president of The Joint Commission, the preeminent standard setting and accrediting organization in health care in the United States and, increasingly, the world. Over the course of his notable career, Dr. Chassin, an emergency medicine physician, has held a variety of key positions, including New York State Health Commissioner and chair of the department of health policy at Mt. Sinai. He has published several seminal papers and was a member of the team that authored the IOM report, "To Err Is Human." We asked him to speak with us about his role at The Joint Commission, as well as future directions for the organization.
Patient Disclosure and Apology, January 2009
Thomas H. Gallagher, MD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Medical History and Ethics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Gallagher's current research covers the disclosure of medical errors, examining patients' and doctors' attitudes about disclosure, how best to train providers to disclose and apologize for errors, and how to create a system that promotes appropriate disclosure. We asked him to speak with us about new developments in the field of patient disclosure and apologies.
State Error Reporting Systems, June 2007
Diane Rydrych, MA, is Assistant Director of the Division of Health Policy at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she oversees their successful and influential adverse health events reporting system. We asked her to speak with us about the Minnesota initiative and some of the broader lessons for state error reporting systems.
with commentary by Jill Rosenthal, MPH, State Error Reporting Systems, June 2007
Seven years ago, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called on states to create mandatory reporting systems as part of a strategy to identify and learn about medical errors and ultimately to improve patient safety. Since then, many states have responded by creating or improving reporting systems to collect information about hospital-based adverse events. These systems can provide states with an opportunity to strengthen their facility oversight functions, safeguard the public, and partner with providers to improve health care quality.
International Perspectives on Safety, May 2007
Sir Liam Donaldson, MD, MSc, is England's Chief Medical Officer, a post often referred to as "the Nation's Doctor" (similar to the role of the U.S. Surgeon General). Trained as a surgeon, Sir Liam has been an inspirational leader in public health and health care quality in the United Kingdom for two decades. He has also emerged as a world leader in the patient safety field, authoring or commissioning dozens of influential reports, and serving as the founding chair of the World Health Organization's World Alliance for Patient Safety. We spoke to him about patient safety from an international perspective.