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Perspectives on Safety > Interview
The Patient's Role in Safety, March 2007
Sorrel King is the mother of Josie King, who died tragically in 2001 at age 18 months because of medical errors during a hospitalization at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has subsequently become one of the nation’s foremost patient advocates for safety, forming an influential foundation (the Josie King Foundation) and partnering with Johns Hopkins to promote the field of patient safety around the world.
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
The Role of the Media in Patient Safety, October 2009
Charles Ornstein is a senior reporter at ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization in New York. Formerly with the Los Angeles Times, he co-wrote a series of articles about medical errors at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, which closed in 2007; the series earned the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also the president of the Association of Health Care Journalists. We asked him to speak with us about the role of the media in patient safety. This interview was conducted while he was still at the Times.
Sanders L. New York Times Magazine. March 18, 2012.
This interactive magazine feature takes readers through the decision-making process in a case involving diagnostic error.
LaGrone K. WPTV.com. April 30, 2012.
This news piece discusses pharmacy medication dispensing errors and describes how patients can help prevent them.
Dwyer J. New York Times. July 11, 2012:A15.
This newspaper article reports on gaps in communication and a missed sepsis diagnosis that led to a patient's death.
Miller R. News-Times. July 25, 2012.
This newspaper article details the complications and errors a patient experienced following a routine surgery.
Hartocollis A. New York Times. July 28, 2012.
This newspaper article reports on the missteps that contributed to the death of a young woman after she was hospitalized in an incident reminiscent of Libby Zion.
Messina I. Toledo Blade. August 24, 2012.
This newspaper article discusses an incident in which a transplant organ was mistakenly discarded.
Web Resource > Multi-use Website
Tanya and Phil Barnett.
This Web site includes a video chronicling how an undiagnosed heart condition led to a teenager's death and offers tips for patients to prevent medical errors.
Sternberg S. US News & World Report. August 28, 2012.
This magazine article discusses insights from experts and patients on how to prevent errors in hospitals in the United States.
Ackerman T. Houston Chronicle. November 23, 2012.
This newspaper article describes challenges that may precipitate underdiagnosis or misdiagnosis of Alzheimer disease and conditions with similar presenting symptoms.
Agnvall E. AARP. November 16, 2012.
McFadden C. ABC News Nightline. March 6, 2013.
Cohn J. The Atlantic. March 2013;311:59–67.
This magazine article reports how technology, such as IBM's Watson, can improve the efficiency and accuracy of health care decision making.
Kowalczyk L. Boston Globe. April 9, 2013.
This newspaper article describes how one hospital has fostered open communication about medical errors through a monthly newsletter that recounts mistakes in an effort to prevent them from recurring. Reports in the newsletter also solicit the involved patient's perspective.
Boodman SG. Washington Post. May 6, 2013.
This newspaper article discusses the pervasive problem of diagnostic errors and reveals insights from clinicians and patients on why they occur and how to prevent them.
Jain M. Washington Post. May 27, 2013.
Eisler P, Hansen B. USA Today. June 20, 2013.
This newspaper article explains how unnecessary surgeries may lead to patient harm and how shared decision-making may prevent such procedures.
Consumer Reports on Health. November 2013;25:6-7.