CRICO CRICO home

Recent Coverage

March 1, 2022 Frequency and Nature of Communication and Handoff Failures in Medical Malpractice Claims

Using Candello data, this study examines the characteristics of malpractice claims which miscommunications.

READ MORE >

March 1, 2022 Improving Patient Handoffs Helps Reduce Malpractice Claims

Healthcare Risk Management reports on a large study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital in which researchers reviewed 498 medical malpractice claims provided by Candello, CRICO’s national medical malpractice collaborative. The work revealed a direct relationship between the quality of patient handoffs and claims.

READ MORE >

January 5, 2022 To Measure and Reduce Diagnostic Error, Start With the Data You Have

This article, published by the Michigan State Medical Society, provides insight into how CRICO's diagnostic process of care framework, using medical malpractice claims data, can be used to reduce diagnostic errors.

READ MORE >
View All News & Research

Failure to Communicate is Costly and Dangerous

  • February 16, 2016

An article in Medscape, aptly quoted the Captain, a prison warden in Cool Hand Luke who famously said to his prisoner, “What we've got here is a failure to communicate.” They were using this to reference the impact of communication failures detailed in the report by CRICO Strategies published in 2016.

 


Breakdown in Communication: Costly and Dangerous

“What we've got here is failure to communicate,” the Captain, a prison warden, famously said to his stubborn prisoner in the 1967 film classic Cool Hand Luke. It's far from a friendly pronouncement, of course. But too often, communication channels really do break down, and the results in the medical arena can be especially dire, even catastrophic. That's the underlying message of a new report by CRICO Strategies, a Harvard-affiliated group of evidenced-based risk-management companies.

“When information falls through the cracks, diagnoses are confounded, procedures are complicated, and subsequent care is compromised,” says Heather Riah, CRICO's SVP and COO.

Citation for the Full-text Article

Guglielmo W. Failure to Communicate is Costly and DangerousMedscape. February 16. 2016