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Boodman SG. Washington Post. January 23, 2021.

Misdiagnosis can perpetuate over a long period and delay a correct course of treatment. This news feature shares an example of depression misdiagnosis that masked the true problem of a neurological tumor manifesting in what was seen and treated as a psychological condition. 

Ofri D. New York Times. January 5, 2021. 

Physicians have unique perspectives when exposed to health care delivery problems as patients themselves or as caregivers. This news story shares the author’s frustrations with the system of care observed during an overnight visit at the bedside of her daughter awaiting an emergency appendectomy. Her experience underscored the value of patients and families engaging in the safety of actions clinicians take when providing care. 
Brody JE. New York Times. 2020.
Inappropriate care activities can cascade to significantly impact patient safety. This article shares how medication side effects can be misdiagnosed to perpetuate harm in older patients rather than getting to the root of the care concerns. 

Rabbitt M. Prevention Magazine. April 9, 2020.

Diagnosis in women is complicated by cultural norms, lack of research on medical conditions affecting women, and implicit bias. The article outlines conditions that are likely to be misdiagnosed in women such as heart disease and breast cancer. The author shares strategies for women to engage in the process to improve diagnostic accuracy.  

Jena AB, Olenski AR. New York Times. February 20, 2020.

Unconscious biases affecting health care decisions elevate the potential for harm. This news story discusses how experience and implicit biases can impact physician decision-making. The use of decision support is one strategy highlighted to redirect heuristics and other cognitive biases to minimize their impact on treatment.   

Chuck E, Assefa H. NBC News. February 8, 2020.

Maternal morbidity and perinatal harm can be exacerbated due to implicit bias. This story discusses a case of an American Indian/Alaska Native mother and infants whose deaths may have been preventable had her concerns been more effectively addressed. The situation illustrates conditions in the broader indigenous peoples’ community that indicate a lack of respect and patient-centeredness as factors contributing to poor care.
Lintern S. The Independent. November 18, 2019.
Infants are particularly vulnerable to patient safety errors. This article shares preliminary findings of a government investigation into infant deaths at a National Health Service Trust hospital. Initial insights discussed include the lack of a safety culture at the Trust Hospital facilitating the persistence of the problems.
Frakt A. New York Times. August 26, 2019.
The slow adoption of improvement innovations is a persistent challenge to high-quality and safe patient care. This newspaper article raises concerns about how common treatments are recommended despite insufficient evidence regarding their effectiveness and provides examples of how this problem can result in harm, such as the previous physician belief that opioids were not addictive. Reassessment of science can improve safety and reduce the unintended consequences of ineffective treatments.
Armstrong D. ProPublica. August 23, 2019.
Implicit biases can affect communication, diagnosis, and treatment decisions. This news article reports the experience of a neurologist and the biases that negatively influenced her health care, such as lack of respect for women presenting with functional symptoms and premature closure.
Whitaker P. New Statesman. August 2, 2019;148:38-43.
Artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced computing technologies can enhance clinical decision-making. Exploring the strengths and weaknesses of artificial intelligence, this news article cautions against the wide deployment of AI until robust evaluation and implementation strategies are in place to enhance system reliability. A recent PSNet perspective discussed emerging safety issues in the use of artificial intelligence.