Topic: medical errors

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…

Fatalities due to medical errors likely underreported

Although a groundbreaking 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report suggested that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors, recent studies suggest that the real number is likely much higher, according to patient safety expert [[Lucian…

Shining a light on medical errors

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 began looking into medical…