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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...
Journal Article > Study
Perceptions of medical errors in cancer care: an analysis of how the news media describe sentinel events.
Li JW, Morway L, Velasquez A, Weingart SN, Stuver SO. J Patient Saf. 2015;11:42–51.
Willams B. The Record. March 10, 2012.
Exploring how drug shortages affect patients, this news piece describes one cancer patient's efforts to acquire the chemotherapeutic agent that is prolonging his life.
Gupta S. CNN. July 23, 2012.
This news video reports on how drug shortages affect patients and describes US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) efforts to address the issue.
Gubar S. New York Times. January 2, 2014.
Patients and physicians can both miss warning signs of cancer. This newspaper article reports on diagnostic errors involving cancer—including common causes and patients' experiences—and emphasizes the serious consequences of misdiagnosing this condition.
Beck M. Wall Street Journal. September 14, 2014.
Overdiagnosis has emerged as a patient safety issue. Reporting on how the push for early identification of cancer has led to screening, detection, and treatment of tumors that may never cause harm, this newspaper article discusses the impact of unnecessary tests and treatment on patients and health systems. Researchers are working to design better tests to distinguish between benign abnormalities and cancers.
Carville O. The Star. November 14, 2014.
This news article reports on a case involving a patient who was misdiagnosed with terminal cancer and touches on the psychological impact of diagnostic error on the patient and his family. The potential causes of the mistake include laboratory sample confusion and misinterpretation of biopsy results.