CRICO Insights: December 2019

’Tis the Season to Ask Yourself: Are You Safe?

Here are six key safety principles developed by CRICO and its primary care community to help you and your practice avoid med mal risk and keep your patients safe, not only this season, but all year long.


Establish and sustain a culture of safety.


Build and support effective teams.


Partner with patients and families in their care.


Ensure closed-loop processes for referrals and tests.


Develop systems for reliable diagnosis and delivery of evidence-based care.


Standardize communication among all care providers.

Read more in Are You Safe? Overview...


Colorectal Cancer Decision Support Tool

This latest version includes changes in risk management, risk assessment, advantages or disadvantages for screening options, patient education information, and updated data for malpractice claims. Made by PCPs and GIs for PCPs...


Catching Breast Cancer In Women 40–49

Dr. Mara Schonberg (BIDMC) reports a conversation aid for PCPs counseling women about breast cancer screening. Help patients get the appropriate screening based on their personal risk...


Test Delay Blamed for Woman’s Colon Cancer Death

A 46-year-old female died from ovarian and metastatic colon cancer two years after presenting to her PCP with a five-week history of constipation and rectal bleeding—symptoms that continued across several visits over a year and a half before she was diagnosed. What went wrong?


What’s My Risk?

General Medicine, Surgery, and OB: Learn more about what goes wrong in patient care and what contributes to incidents of patient harm. Get the scoop...


Get Your CME with Our CME Bundles

CME Bundles are an easy way to fulfill your Massachusetts licensing requirement for Risk Management Category 1 Study. Bundle up!

Latest News from CRICO

Get all your medmal and patient safety news here.

    The Patient Safety Adoption Framework: A Practical Framework to Bridge the Know-Do Gap

    CRICO Grants
    Many patient safety initiatives fail to be adopted and implemented, even when proven effective. This creates the well-recognized know-do gap—which occurs when health care workers know what should be done based on evidence vs. what takes place in practice. To address this issue, CRICO funded the development of a patient safety adoption framework and had it evaluated by leaders in quality and safety. The framework and its findings were published online in the Journal of Patient Safety in April 2023.

    Ambulatory Safety Nets: Protecting Providers and Promoting Safety with Systems to Reduce Delayed Cancer Diagnoses

    CRICO Grants
    Ambulatory safety nets (ASNs) are person-centered programs that provide a highly reliable backup system for following up on abnormal test results when the standard follow-up process fails. Co-authored by CRICO’s Pat Folcarelli RN, MA, PhD, and Luke Sato, MD, this article about ASNs was featured in Inside Medical liability Online.
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