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August 1, 2018 An Evidence-based Intraoperative Communication Tool for Emergency General Surgery: A Pilot Study

CRICO-funded researchers developed and then piloted an evidence-based tool aimed at improving team communication in Emergency General Surgery.

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July 31, 2018 Hospital Mergers or Acquisitions May Cause Short-Term Patient Safety Issues

Drawing from a CRICO-funded study that found institutional partnerships and transactions might put patients at a higher risk for harm in the short run, this STAT op-ed piece emphasizes that “Improving the safety of patient care is possible during mergers and affiliations, but requires intentional efforts.”

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July 31, 2018 Viewpoint: Why Hospital Mergers Raise Patient Safety Problems

This Becker’s Hospital Review viewpoint offers six insights garnered from a July 31, 2018 STAT op-ed piece, written by Ariadne Labs researchers and CRICO’s president and CEO Mark Reynolds.

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Reforming the Medical Liability System in Massachusetts Communication Apology and Resolution (CARe)

  • August 1, 2017

Kenneth E. Sands was senior vice president at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at the time he received a CRICO Grant for work that appeared August 2017 in The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) publication, “Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability.”


Dr. Sands co-authored the publication’s prologue and the section, “Reforming the Medical Liability System in Massachusetts: Communication, Apology, and Resolution (CARe).”

Citations for Full-Text

Sands EF, Woodward AC, Van Niel MB. Reforming the Medical Liability System in Massachusetts: Communication, Apology, and Resolution (CARe). Content last reviewed August 2017. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. 

Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability. Battles J, Azam I, Grady M, and Reback K, Eds. AHRQ Publication No. 17-0017. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2017.