Mining Patients’ Wisdom for Safer Care

Mining Patients’ Wisdom for Safer Care

Posted by  | Patient-Centered Care, Preventing Patient Harm

Consider, for a moment, that you are a new physician. A patient, who is a lifelong smoker, comes to your clinic complaining of shortness of breath, and after conducting several tests you diagnose him with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Relying on your training, you prescribe medications, arrange for follow-up visits and describe activities that can(...)

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New Bloggers, New Name, Same Mission

New Bloggers, New Name, Same Mission

Posted by  | Preventing Patient Harm

More than a decade ago, a team of Johns Hopkins safety and quality scholars began meeting in a small office building along the Baltimore waterfront to discuss their research ideas. Physicians, nurses, a psychologist, economists, public health researchers and others would describe their goals, and then see how they could help one another to achieve(...)

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To Make Hospital Quality a Priority, Take a Page from Finance

To Make Hospital Quality a Priority, Take a Page from Finance

Posted by  | Measurement of Safety and Quality, Organizational and Cultural Change

When you are a patient at a hospital, you want to know that the executives who run that facility put the safety and quality of care above all other concerns. Encouragingly, more of them are saying that safety is indeed their number-one priority—a fitting answer given that preventable patient harm may claim more than 400,000(...)

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Health Care Shouldn’t Judge Itself by Flawed Tests

Health Care Shouldn’t Judge Itself by Flawed Tests

Posted by  | Measurement of Safety and Quality, Preventing Patient Harm

As standardized exam scores increasingly define success for students, teachers and schools, parents worry about the dangers of “teaching to the test”—and of their children being judged by tests with low or unknown validity. We want our children to perform well on tests, of course, yet only if they measure something that students, patients and(...)

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New Ebola Training Modules Will Help Safeguard Patients, Providers, and the Public

New Ebola Training Modules Will Help Safeguard Patients, Providers, and the Public

Posted by  | Designing Safer Systems, Preventing Patient Harm

Your body is covered from head to toe in protective equipment, and it’s 115 degrees Fahrenheit inside your outfit. Your hands sweat under two pairs of gloves. An ill-fitting hood creeps down your forehead and nearly covers your eyes, but you cannot touch your head to shift it back up. To top it off, the(...)

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