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Battles J, Azam I, Grady M, Reback K, eds. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2017. AHRQ Publication No. 17-0017-EF.
This publication describes the results of demonstration projects funded by AHRQ's Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform Initiative. Included studies examined communication and resolution programs, patient reporting of adverse events, and patient perceptions of error disclosure. An overarching theme of these studies is the gap between recommended communication practices and usual clinical care and communication. Several studies demonstrated challenges of implementing health system interventions to improve safety across a range of interventions, including error disclosure training, shared decision-making, and medication safety during transitions in care. These studies reveal the importance of measuring and improving safety culture as a foundation for patient safety efforts. Commentaries by various patient safety experts highlight the need for ongoing support for research at the intersection of patient safety and medical liability. A past PSNet perspective described how evidence-based improvements to the medical liability system could influence accountability and compensation for errors.
Riga M, ed. Hershey, PA: IGI Global; 2017. ISBN: 9781522523376.
Hoffman J, ed. Cambridge, MA: CRICO Strategies; 2014.
This analysis of more than 4700 diagnosis-related malpractice claims found that most errors occur in the ambulatory setting, involve lapses in clinical judgement, and result in missed diagnosis of cancer. The authors use the data to explore cognitive and process failures that contributed to diagnostic errors.
VA Health Care: VA Uses Medical Injury Tort Claims Data to Assess Veterans’ Care, but Should Take Action to Ensure That These Data Are Complete.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; October 28, 2011. Publication GAO-12-6R.
This report reviews injury claim data to assess quality of care in the Veterans Affairs health system.
Cambridge, MA: CRICO/RMF Strategies; 2010.
Analyzing data from 3300 surgical malpractice cases, this report describes errors across the continuum of surgical care.
The Girl Who Died Twice: Every Patient's Nightmare: the Libby Zion Case and the Hidden Hazards of Hospitals.
Robins NS. New York, NY: Delacorte Press; 1995. ISBN 0385308094.
Robins, an investigative journalist, recounts the story of Libby Zion, who died at New York Hospital in 1984 allegedly at the hands of under-supervised and overworked residents. The book is an interesting and engaging account of a case and its aftermath, including the highly publicized malpractice trial and the formation of the Bell Commission, which regulated resident work-hours for the first time. The book provides an important historical context for this case and the debate surrounding it, the implications of which are still being felt today in the wake of national regulations for resident duty-hours.
Comptroller and Auditor General, Department of Health; London, UK: National Audit Office; 2017. ISBN: 9781786041395.
Applying evidence generated from complaints submitted to health care services has been promoted as a way to inform improvement. This report assesses management of claims against National Health Services trusts to determine the costs involved, ensure appropriate patient compensation, and control incidence of future claims through collaborative care improvement efforts.
Boston, MA: CRICO Strategies; 2017.
Medication errors are a persistent challenge in health care that can occur at home or in the hospital. This analysis of more than 3000 medication-related malpractice claims found that 1 in 9 malpractice cases were associated with medication problems. The majority of medication safety incidents involved primary care providers or hospital-based nurses, and drugs commonly involved included analgesics, anticoagulants, and antibiotics.
Cambridge, MA: CRICO Strategies; 2016.
Communication failures are known to contribute to medical errors. Analyzing more than 7000 cases in which communication breakdowns led to patient harm, this report explores selected specialties where such failures occur and discusses opportunities to improve information sharing among health care providers.
Arlen J. New York, NY: New York University School of Law; May 9, 2013. Public Law Research Paper No. 13-25.
Ruoff G, ed. Cambridge, MA: CRICO Strategies; 2012.
This report analyzes malpractice claims from 90 hospitals across the United States to identify risks in emergency medicine.
Thomas MO, Quinn CJ, Donohue GM. Sudbury, MA: Jones Bartlett; 2009. ISBN: 100763748560.
Written by experts in legal medicine and patient safety, this comprehensive book covers key issues surrounding medical malpractice for practicing physicians, trainees, and risk managers.
VA Health Care: Selected Credentialing Requirements at Seven Medical Facilities Met, but an Aspect of Privileging Process Needs Improvement.
Washington, DC: United States Government Accountability Office; May 2006. Publication GAO-06-648.
This report reviews findings from a federal inspection indicating that Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities, while complying with basic credentialing policies, are not routinely submitting malpractice data as required to be used by the VA to inform privileging determinations.
Merry A, Smith AM. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press; 2001.
Merry, a New Zealand anesthesiologist, and Smith, a legal educator and a popular writer, explore the nature of medical errors. The authors suggest that most errors are due to systems factors, not moral lapses, and thus the tort system, which focuses on assigning individual blame, is an imperfect tool for dealing with these errors. The authors also summarize situations in which blame is appropriate and present concepts to help the reader discern the difference. This book will help readers understand the nature of medical error and the role of the legal system in patient safety.