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    Getting On Board at the Lucian Leape Institute 10th Annual Forum

    by Tom Augello, CRICO | October 5, 2017

    Patient Safety luminaries crowded at the Boston Marriott Newton on September 28th to hear about new research and share ideas on engaging the governing boards of medical institutions. CRICO caught up with several of them during the breaks to gather some insights.

     

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  • Safer, Stronger, Better: New Funding for Patient Safety Research at Harvard

    by Tom Augello | July 31, 2017

    Working to make the Harvard medical system the safest place to provide and receive care is central to CRICO’s mission.

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    The Art & Science of Provider-to-Patient Communication

    by Adam Schaffer, MD, MPH | June 14, 2017

    A recent book entitled, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by actor Alan Alda (a.k.a. Hawkeye Pierce, MD) describes how essential it is for physicians to communicate clearly and compassionately with their patients.

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    Investing in Patient Safety

    by Missy Padoll, CRICO | April 17, 2017

    An article in today’s New York Time’s suggests that malpractice reform may be best served by an investment in patient safety. At CRICO, we have been following just this model for decades by offering grant awards to stimulate research and patient safety interventions intended to improve the quality and safety of patient care. There are several clear examples of how these interventions have made a distinct impact on improving patient safety, including the I-PASS Study Group; just awarded the John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality.

     

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  • Patient Safety Awareness Week—Every Week

    by Jay Boulanger & Tom Augello, CRICO | March 13, 2017

    What does it really mean to have a “Patient Safety Awareness” Week? Does it mean anything on its own? Shouldn’t every week be a Patient Safety Awareness Week?

     

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  • CRICO’s 40th Anniversary: A Missing Piece

    by Missy Padoll | March 1, 2017

    When Jeffrey B. Cooper, PhD read our recent article published in the November/December 2016 issue of PSQH, he felt we had missed something important, so he wrote a letter to the editor.

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  • Physician Health Services: First, Do No Harm—To Yourself

    by Wallinda J. Hutson, CRICO | August 10, 2016

    Today, external risks and threats to one’s personal safety abound. The news is filled with stories of people being on high alert for a wide variety of real and perceived threats. But, what physicians in particular should be on the lookout for, are personal and professional risks that can potentially threaten their medical practice. 

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    Mind the Gaps: Learning How to Avoid Miscommunication Pitfalls

    by Lisa Heard, MSN, RN, CGRN, CPHQ and Gretchen Ruoff, MHP, CPHRM | June 14, 2016

    Stories of patient harm resulting from a gap in communication were the inspiration for the 10th Annual CRICO Patient Safety Symposium, held at the Revere Hotel in Boston on June 9th. 

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    How Malpractice Data can Improve Patient Safety

    by Missy Padoll | May 11, 2016

    On May 10th, Laura Landro of the Wall Street Journal wrote an article citing ways in which entities across the country are gaining insight to the cause of medical error through examination of “old” malpractice claims. She contacted CRICO as part of her research to ask if we had any similar practices or current efforts underway.

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  • Next Phase of Opening Doctor Notes to Patients

    by Tom Augello, CRICO | May 5, 2016

    The “radical” idea of showing patients what their doctors write in their medical records is starting to catch on. Initially Harvard researchers for the OpenNotes project needed to win over the physicians and institutions. They were convinced, in part, by the fact that partial funding came from a medical professional liability insurer (CRICO).

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