The AHRQ PSNet Collection comprises an extensive selection of resources relevant to the patient safety community. These resources come in a variety of formats, including literature, research, tools, and Web sites. Resources are identified using the National Library of Medicine’s Medline database, various news and content aggregators, and the expertise of the AHRQ PSNet editorial and technical teams.
Mohamed MR, Mohile SG, Juba KM, et al. Cancer. 2023;129:1096-1104.
Polypharmacy in older adults increases the risk of potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) and potential drug-drug interactions (PDI). This secondary analysis of a national study of older adults with advanced cancer sought to identify associations between polypharmacy (eight or more medications), PIMs, and PDIs with adverse cancer treatment outcomes. Polypharmacy and PDIs were associated with increased risk of adverse treatment outcomes, but PIMs were not.
Westbrook JI, McMullan R, Urwin R, et al. Intern Med J. 2022;52:1821-1825.
The COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impacted team functioning in healthcare settings. This survey of nearly 1,600 clinical and non-clinical staff at five Australian hospitals did not identify any perceived increases in unprofessional behaviors during the pandemic and 44% of respondents cited improvements in teamwork.
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many aspects of health care delivery and has placed unprecedented pressure on health care workers. This consensus statement, based on input from an international panel of individuals with expertise in health leadership, health care, and public health, outlines 10 imperatives to guide health and public leaders during the post emergency stage of the pandemic. Imperatives addressed in the framework include supporting staff well-being and psychological health, preparing for future emergencies, managing the backlog of delayed care, and the importance of sustaining learning, innovations and collaborations that arose during the pandemic.
Artificial intelligence (AI) can improve diagnostic accuracy. Despite early enthusiasm for the utility of AI at the front line, some have raised concerns associated with legal liabilities and ethical issues. This review discusses these considerations and suggests approaches that leaders and clinicians should embrace to prepare for future integration of AI systems in practice.
Interiano RB, Loh AHP, Hinkle N, et al. Cancer. 2015;121:1098-107.
This study sought to evaluate the safety and diagnostic accuracy of biopsies in pediatric patients with cancer. Analysis of biopsy procedures in children with suspected cancer over a 10-year period found few safety incidents and a low risk of diagnostic error.