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Washington, DC: Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. August 22, 2019. Report No. 19-07429-195.
Hospitalized patient suicide is a sentinel event. This report describes an investigation into a patient suicide incident in the Veterans Affairs health system that found numerous conditions that contributed to the event, such as nonoperational security cameras, ineffective rounding policy, and lack of leadership knowledge of safety practices in mental health units. Recommendations for improvement include staff education, standardization of rounding, and robust oversight of frontline practice.
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.