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Levit L, Balogh E, Nass S, Ganz PA, eds. Committee on Improving the Quality of Cancer Care: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging Population, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2013. ISBN: 9780309293099.
Cancer patients are particularly vulnerable to preventable errors in both inpatient and outpatient settings, as their care involves exposure to high-risk medications and requires closely coordinated care. Seen in that light, this Institute of Medicine report, which bluntly concludes that the current system of cancer care is untenable, is particularly concerning. The report highlights numerous deficiencies in the current system, such as insufficient compliance with evidence-based guidelines, high rates of medication errors, and failure to incorporate patient preferences into advanced care planning. To reshape how cancer care is delivered, the report recommends leveraging information technology to augment care coordination and real-time analysis of treatment data, better end-of-life planning, and improving communication with patients and families around prognosis and the risks and benefits of treatments. Multiple AHRQ WebM&M commentaries discuss safety issues in oncology patients, including a case of a chemotherapy medication error detected by the patient himself and a near-fatal error ascribed in part to poorly coordinated care.
Dixon BE, Hook JM, McGowan JJ, for AHRQ National Resource Center for Health IT. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; December 2008. AHRQ Publication No. 09-0012-EF.
Telehealth is a rapidly expanding approach of adopting technology to deliver health care services and information that improves the quality, safety, access, efficiency, and costs of care. Although the evidence that telehealth achieves these aims is still lacking, this report outlines AHRQ's health information technology portfolio, which funded a number of programs to evaluate this promising technology and approach. The report findings are based on interviews with lead investigators. It discusses the scope of the projects funded, the technical challenges faced, the organizational and cultural issues encountered, and the opportunities ahead.
Cork, Ireland: Health Information and Quality Authority; March 21, 2008.
This report analyzes the findings of a diagnostic error investigation and provides numerous recommendations to improve standards for treating symptomatic breast disease.
Toronto, ON, Canada: Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada. April 30, 2007.
Cullen A. Uitgeverij van Brug: The Hague, The Netherlands; 2019. ISBN: 9789065232236.
Patient stories offer important insights regarding the impact medical errors have on patients and their families. This book shares the author's experience with medical error and spotlights how lack of transparency in European health care can contribute to avoidable process failures that result in patient harm.
Engineering Patient Safety in Radiation Oncology: University of North Carolina's Pursuit for High Reliability and Value Creation.
Marks L, Mazur L, Chera B, Adams R. Boca Raton, FL: Productivity Press; 2015. ISBN: 9781482233643.
Radiation oncology combines high-risk therapy with care processes that are susceptible to error. This publication reviews barriers to safety in radiation oncology and describes how high reliability principles can be utilized to enhance safety in this setting. The authors advocate for multidisciplinary involvement to drive improvement and ensure these concepts are successfully applied at the organizational and individual level.
Improving Diagnosis: Teenage Cancer Trust Report on Improving the Diagnostic Experience of Young People With Cancer.
London, England: Teenage Cancer Trust; 2013.
This report spotlights challenges to early diagnosis of cancer in pediatrics and offers guidance for clinicians and families to improve care for these patients.
Cameron M. St. John's, NL: Government of Newfoundland and Labrador; 2009. ISBN: 978551463537.
This government report investigated certain laboratory tests conducted from 1997 to 2005 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The investigation revealed test result errors and failure to notify patients, as well as a lack of oversight. The report makes numerous recommendations with respect to ethics, standards of care, and disclosure of medical errors and adverse events. (Click on the volume titles on the cover page to view the full report.)
Breast Cancer Services in Trafford and North Manchester. An Investigation Into The Circumstances Surrounding A Serious Clinical Incident In Symptomatic Breast Services – The Baker Report.
Baker M. Manchester, England: NHS North West; February 2007.
This report shares findings from an investigation into individual and system failures that contributed to a radiologist misreading mammograms for a 2-year period.
Unintended exposure of patient Lisa Norris during radiotherapy treatment at the Beatson Oncology Centre, Glasgow in January 2006.
Johnson AM. Edinburgh, Scotland: Scottish Executive; 2006.
This report shares results and recommendations from the investigation of a radiotherapy overdose. The investigation identified contributing factors such as an inexperienced caregiver, supervision gaps, ineffective double-checks, and the misalignment of system improvements with training and documentation.
Dallas, TX: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; June 2006.
This report illustrates weaknesses in current pathology practice of breast cancer diagnosis and suggests improvements for reliability and effectiveness.
External Inquiry into the adverse incident that occurred at Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, 4th January 2001.
Toft B. London, England: Department of Health; 2001.
This UK Department of Health report details a series of errors that led to the death of a young man due to wrong route administration of the chemotherapy drug vincristine. The fatality occurred as a result of a socio-technical systems failure at the hospital where he received the injection. The report makes 48 recommendations to help minimize the likelihood of this mistake.