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Search results for "Book/Report"
Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization; 2019.
Reducing adverse medication events is a worldwide challenge. This collection of technical reports explores key areas of concern that require action at a system level to improve: high-alert medications, polypharmacy, and medication use at care transitions. Each monograph provides an overview of the topic as well as practical improvement approaches for patients, clinicians, and organizations.
Lives Lost, Lives Saved: An Updated Comparative Analysis of Avoidable Deaths at Hospitals Graded by The Leapfrog Group.
Austin M, Derk J. Baltimore, MD: Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, and Johns Hopkins Medicine; May 2019.
Measures help track gaps in process and evidence of safety improvements. This white paper examines the performance of hospitals receiving Hospital Safety Grades and the relationship between high-level recognition and preventable harm. The report estimates that a substantial number of lives could have been saved if performance metrics had been met, but concludes that even high-performing hospitals exhibit areas in need of improvement.
Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Health Standards Organization.
This draft 5-year framework aims to guide the activities in Canada to focus action, resources, and policy development on supporting care improvement. The document is structured around five goals: people-centered care, safe care, accessible care, appropriate care, and continuous care. The authors call for Canadian patients, families, clinicians, organization leaders, and policymakers to provide input on the material to ensure its applicability across the country. The deadline for submitting comments is June 30, 2019.
Cullen A. Uitgeverij van Brug: The Hague, The Netherlands; 2019. ISBN: 9789065232236.
Patient stories offer important insights regarding the impact medical errors have on patients and their families. This book shares the author's experience with medical error and spotlights how lack of transparency in European health care can contribute to avoidable process failures that result in patient harm.
Topol E. New York, NY: Basic Books; 2019. ISBN: 978-1541644632.
This book explores how advancements in technology can improve decision making but may also diminish patient-centered care. The author discusses the potential of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to enhance diagnosis and care delivery. A past PSNet interview with the author, Eric Topol, talked about the role of patients in the new world of digital health care.
Watts E, Rayman G. Diabetes UK. London, UK; 2018.
Chronic disease management can add complexity to inpatient care regimens. Researchers worked with patients, system leaders, and clinicians to examine areas of risk for hospitalized patients with diabetes and determine solutions such as specialized teams, clinical leadership, and improved use of technology. A WebM&M commentary illustrated safety challenges associated with providing care for hospitalized patients with diabetes.
St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health; March 2019.
The National Quality Forum has defined 29 never events—patient safety problems that should never occur, such as wrong-site surgery and patient falls. Since 2003, Minnesota hospitals have been required to report such incidents. The 2018 report summarizes information about 384 adverse events that were reported and found pressure ulcers and invasive procedure events increased, while fall-related deaths decreased. Reports from previous years are also available.
Clearing the Error: Using Public Deliberation to Define Patient Roles as Partners in the Diagnostic Process.
St. Paul, MN: Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and Jefferson Center; 2017.
Advocates for improving diagnosis emphasize the role of the patient as key to success. This report examines factors to consider when designing interventions to strengthen patient participation in the diagnostic process. Recommendations to enhance relationships with patients to reduce diagnostic error focus on managing misperceptions that can affect decision-making and communication.
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press: 2017. ISBN: 9780309461856.
Patient health literacy is a known challenge in health care safety. This publication reports on results of a multidisciplinary workshop that explored health literacy improvement strategies and tools to enhance the clarity of labels, patient instructions, and decision aids to support safe medication use.
Carpenter D, Famolaro T, Hassell S, et al. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2017.
The ambulatory environment presents unique situations that can introduce safety challenges into care processes. This report explores factors in home-based care that can affect patient safety, including insufficient household readiness for patients and poor communication between caregivers, patients, and the medical team. The authors recommend areas of research to address the gaps in understanding how to improve patient safety in the home.
Chicago, IL: American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust; September 2016.
The Partnership for Patients program has supported the Hospital Engagement Networks since 2011. This report reviews the results of the second round of funded effort, which involved more than 1500 hospitals in the United States that prevented 34,000 harms from September 2015 to September 2016. Areas of improvement included reductions in surgical site infections, adverse drug events, and postoperative complications. The authors also highlight core strategies of the program, such as evidence dissemination and coaching.
Bipartisan Consensus: The Public Wants Well-Rested Medical Residents to Help Ensure Safe Patient Care.
Almashat S, Carome M, Wolfe S, Landrigan CP, Czeisler C. Washington, DC: Public Citizen; September 13, 2016.
Hatch S. New York, NY: Basic Books; 2016. ISBN: 9780465050642.
Syed M. New York, NY: Portfolio; 2015. ISBN: 9781591848226.
Uhlig P, Raboin WE. Overland Park, KS: Oak Prairie Health Press; 2015. ISBN: 9780991411290.
Marsh H. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books; 2015. ISBN: 9781250065810.
This intensely personal memoir by the famed British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh is no hagiography or recitation of his many accomplishments. Instead, Marsh relates many errors he has committed or witnessed, and the personal toll these errors have taken on his patients and himself. He recreates these stories in vivid detail, acknowledging the effect that his own emotional state had on committing both cognitive and technical errors. Marsh was inspired to write this book in part by reading the work of Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize–winning psychologist whose research established the mechanisms by which humans commit cognitive errors. Along with Atul Gawande's Complications, this book stands as an essential human perspective on error in medicine.
Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust; 2015.
Patient and family advisor programs have been implemented in health care as a way to incorporate the experiences of consumers into safety improvement work. This guide provides a framework to help hospitals develop partnership initiatives that focus on advisor recruitment, education, and teamwork to enhance efforts to engage patients and families in this role.
NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Roundtable on Consumer Engagement in Patient Safety. Boston, MA: National Patient Safety Foundation; March 2014.
The National Patient Safety Foundation's Lucian Leape Institute recently convened two roundtables to discuss engaging patients and families in improving patient safety. This report describes the current landscape of patient engagement efforts, along with the potential benefits and challenges. To facilitate more productive partnerships in ensuring safety, the group provides recommendations and checklists for health care leaders, clinicians, patients, families, and policymakers. They advocate for patients to be equal partners in organizational and clinician care improvement activities. Patients are encouraged to feel empowered to ask questions and to actively participate in their care plans. A recent AHRQ WebM&M perspective explores the role of patient engagement in safety.
Department of Health. London, England: Crown Publishing; November 2013. ISBN: 9780101875424.
This report outlines actions that health care leaders in the United Kingdom have committed to take in order to address system problems identified by an inquiry into Mid Staffordshire National Health Services Foundation Trust.
Rensselaer, NY: Healthcare Association of New York State; October 2013.
This publication assessed 10 widely disseminated hospital report cards by criteria including transparency of methodology, evidence-based measures, and data quality. While inconsistent methods across reports hindered direct comparisons, a few reports received high marks.