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May 16, 2019 Role of Patient Safety Organizations in Improving Patient Safety

CRICO’s Jason Boulanger and Carol Keohane, co-authored an article with Ashley Yeats, MD of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton about the value and role of Patient Safety Organizations (PSO).

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March 16, 2019 Bob Buckley: Get The Facts Straight On Medical Malpractice

Bob Buckley, an attorney in Independence, Missouri, touts the value of using the medical malpractice data and analysis featured in our recently published report, Medical Malpractice in America.

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March 15, 2019 Medical Malpractice Analysis in Radiation Oncology: A Decade of Results From a National Comparative Benchmarking System

Researchers used the CRICO Strategies’ national database of medical liability claims, Comparative Benchmarking System, to analyze the issue of medical errors in radiation oncology (RO).

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Poor Communication and Teamwork from Surgeons Linked with Increased Likelihood of Malpractice Claims

  • May 15, 2018

CRICO partnered with Ariadne Labs of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to study 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. 


Using data from CRICO’s database, researchers compared claims for 264 surgeons at Harvard-affiliated hospitals with the scores from their 360-degree performance reviews. “This is the first study to establish a correlation between performance reviews and malpractice claims,” said lead author Dr. Janaka Lagoo, a surgical research fellow at Ariadne Labs. “The findings suggest that everyday negative conduct by surgeons toward their colleagues can have real implications for care, even when surgeons are highly skilled technically.” This CRICO-funded study adds to the growing literature around what factors affect patient safety and what can be done to make improvements.

 

Citation for the Full-text Article

Poor communication and teamwork from surgeons linked with increased likelihood of malpractice claims. Ariadnelabs.org. Published May 15, 2018.

 

Related Study

Multisource Evaluation of Surgeon Behavior is Associated with Malpractice Claims