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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
Organizational Change in the Face of Highly Public Errors—I. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Experience
with commentary by James B. Conway; Saul N. Weingart, MD, PhD, Errors in the Media and Organizational Change, May 2005
A decade ago, two tragic medical errors rocked one of the world’s great cancer hospitals, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, to its core. The errors led to considerable soul searching and, ultimately, a major change in institutional practices a...
Wolosin R, Vercler L, Matthews J. Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare. November/December 2005;2:40-44.
The authors examined patients' perceptions of safety in hospital settings and factors that affect their perceptions.
Journal Article > Study
Stebbing C, Kaushal R, Bates DW. Pediatrics. 2006;117:1907-1914.
This study analyzed newspaper coverage of pediatric medication errors and adverse drug events in five countries to demonstrate increased interest in the topic over the past decade. Investigators examined the number of articles and the types of events covered and assessed the overall themes presented and framed by the media. The majority of articles published covered patient incidents followed by policy and then research in decreasing order of frequency. Despite the occasional occurrence of sensational reporting on errors, more than 70% of articles that were deemed to be negatively associated with patient safety were covered in a neutral manner.
Journal Article > Commentary
Emanuel EJ. JAMA. 2007;297:2131-2133.
The author discusses how changes in language used to describe health care reflect a shifting public perception of the US health care system. This shift involves increasing recognition that errors do occur and that the health care system is flawed.
Clark C. HealthLeaders Media. September 13, 2013.
This news piece highlights concern around the safety of elective premature deliveries and describes techniques organizations have used to prevent such procedures.