Topic: medical errors

Fixing a broken health care system

February 2014 -- Ashish Jha, professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health, shares his thoughts on what he refers to as "probably the most dangerous place in the world for a human being—an American hospital. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/campaign/

19 steps to safer surgery

[ Fall 2008 ] The World Health Organization's surgical checklist view full-size pdf of the WHO surgical checklist This first edition of the WHO's surgical safety checklist has been endorsed by more than 200 professional medical associations worldwide and 20 ministers of health. Three…

Shining a light on medical errors

[Fall 2013 Centennial issue] Lucian Leape has made a career out of other people’s mistakes. Over the past three decades, his research has focused largely on strategies for reducing those all-too-common errors that kill tens of thousands of patients every year. Leape,…

A simple checklist that saves lives

[ Fall 2008 ] Fighter pilots use checklists to avoid deadly errors. Why not surgeons, too? So complex was the new B-17 bomber introduced during World War II that a star aviator crashed the mighty aircraft during its demonstration flight. Then the U.S. Army…

People lacking insurance not likely to migrate to obtain Medicaid coverage

States choosing Medicaid expansion shouldn’t expect costly influx of individuals from states not expanding coverage Other studies examine accountable care organizations and communication-and-resolution programs  For immediate release: Monday, January 6, 2014  Boston, MA — Amidst the patchwork nature of Medicaid expansion in…

Patient safety experts call for shorter resident physician shifts

A group of physicians and patient safety experts, including HSPH’s Lucian Leape, adjunct professor of health policy in the Department of Health Policy and Management, have written a report that calls for shorter shifts and increased supervision for resident physicians. Starting July…

New tool predicts which doctors most likely to face patient complaints

July 26, 2012 -- Sometimes, when things go badly between patients and doctors—wrong diagnoses, ineffective treatments, medication problems, surgical complications—legal disputes follow. But epidemiologist David Studdert, who spoke at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) on July 3, 2012, hopes that new research from…