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London, UK: Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; 2017. ISBN: 9781528601344.
Patients with mental health conditions face particular safety challenges. This report describes incidents involving patients with eating disorders who experienced harm while receiving care in National Health Service organizations. Factors that contributed to the failures included poor care coordination, premature discharge, and lack of monitoring. The report discusses gaps in the investigations of these patient deaths and outlines areas of improvement.
Visser SN, Zablotsky B, Holbrook JR, Danielson ML, Bitsko RH. Natl Health Stat Report. 2015;(81):1-8.
This survey of parents of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder examined how this diagnosis was established. There was variation in the diagnostic process, including testing methods and types of practitioners involved (primary care physician, psychologist, psychiatrist). These results demonstrate the inherent challenge of diagnosing a heterogeneous condition even when diagnostic guidelines and criteria exist.
Scobie S, Minghella E, Dale C, Thomson R, Lelliott P, Hill K. London, UK: National Patient Safety Agency; July 2006.
This report, the second in a series from the United Kingdom's National Patient Safety Agency, analyzes nearly 45,000 patient safety incidents relating to mental health that were reported to a nationwide incident reporting system. The majority of reported incidents were from inpatient mental health facilities, primarily involving patient accidents (including falls), disruptive or aggressive behavior, self-harming behavior, and missing (absconding) patients. The report summarizes existing initiatives to improve patient safety in mental health, makes specific recommendations for mental health providers, and identifies priority areas for future research.