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April 6, 2018 The Risks to Patient Safety From Health System Expansions

CRICO partnered with Ariadne Labs, a health systems research center, to analyze the patient safety risks for medical institutions undergoing substantial consolidation, including mergers, acquisitions, and service agreements.

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April 1, 2018 Critical Differences Between Elective and Emergency Surgery: Identifying Domains for Quality Improvement In Emergency General Surgery

This CRICO-funded study aimed to characterize providers’ impressions of factors contributing to disproportionate rates of morbidity and mortality in emergency general surgery to identify targets for care quality improvement.

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March 1, 2018 Association Between Labor and Delivery Unit Census and Delays in Patient Management: Findings From a Computer Simulation Module

This study, co-funded by CRICO, sought to demonstrate the association between increases in labor and delivery unit census and delays in patient care decisions using a computer simulation module.

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Medical Malpractice Allegations in Radiation Oncology: Results from a National Comparative Benchmarking System

  • October 1, 2017

Using data from the CRICO Strategies Comparative Benchmark System (CBS), CRICO patient safety experts Kathy Dwyer, Winnie Yu, and Courtney DeRoo collaborated with researchers from Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and the Department of Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute to study the characteristics of radiation oncology (RO) malpractice cases and identify opportunities to decrease patient harm. 


An abstract of the study’s findings was presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) 59th Annual Meeting in  September 2017, as well as published in ASTRO’s special  journal  issue of the meeting’s proceedings. A full manuscript of the study is expected to be produced and published at a later date. 

Study Conclusion

Most ambulatory RO cases involved improper performance of treatment/procedure or wrong/unnecessary treatment/procedure with technical skill as the most likely contributing factor in both AMC and community hospitals cases. These results support the need for continuing initiatives to improve safety and decease litigation in radiation oncology.

Abstract Citation 

Royce TJ, Dwyer K, Yu W, DeRoo C, Tishler RB. Medical malpractice allegations in radiation oncology: Results from a national comparative benchmarking system. International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics. 2017; 99(2) supplement: E560-E561.