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July 1, 2018 The Impact of Automated Notification on Follow-up of Actionable Tests Pending at Discharge: A Cluster-Randomized Controlled Trial

A physician’s failure to follow-up on test results that are still pending at a patient’s discharge could lead to a missed diagnosis or preventable adverse event. This CRICO-funded study researched a potential solution.

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May 17, 2018 What’s the key to accelerating progress in patient safety over the next five years?
May 15, 2018 Poor Communication and Teamwork from Surgeons Linked with Increased Likelihood of Malpractice Claims

CRICO partnered with Ariadne Labs of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to explore whether surgeons who receive poor ratings in communication and teamwork skills from their coworkers during 360-degree performance reviews are more likely to face malpractice claims from their patients.

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High Performance Teamwork Training and Systems Redesign in Outpatient Oncology

  • January 23, 2013

In Research and Publication
Oncology care is delivered largely in ambulatory settings by interdisciplinary teams. Treatments are often complex, extended in time, dispersed geographically and vulnerable to teamwork failures. Learn how a team, with the help of CRICO grant money, addressed this risk during a pilot of a team training initiative in the breast cancer program at a comprehensive cancer center.


The researchers concluded, “Team training improved communication, task coordination and perceptions of efficiency, quality, safety and interactions among team members as well as patient perception of care coordination.”

Read the article abstract at:

Bunnell CA, Gross AH, Weingart SN, et al. High performance teamwork training and systems redesign in outpatient oncology. BMJ Qual Saf 2013;22:405–13.  [Epub ahead of print]