The medical tort system does not deter medical errors, compensates a small percentage of patients affected by negligent care, and is driving shortages in specialty care through rapidly rising insurance rates. New approaches, including an administrative system of health courts may address these issues and improve patient safety.
Disclosure-And-Resolution Programs That Include Generous Compensation Offers May Prompt A Complex Patient Response
December 1, 2012 | Journal Article
Under “disclosure-and-resolution” programs, health systems disclose adverse events to affected patients and their families; apologize; and, where appropriate, offer compensation.
July 1, 2009 | Program Results Report
Investigators at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill surveyed nurses to find out which co-workers they consulted when confronted with complex treatment situations, including those involving error.
September 1, 2002 | Program Results Report
Vanderbilt University Medical Center implemented and evaluated a model program to identify and intervene with health care providers at high risk of generating malpractice claims.
October 26, 2009 | News Release
First national look at electronic health records in hospitals that serve the poor shows effect of lagging adoption rates on quality.
March 18, 2008 | Journal Article
This article examines inpatient encounter at Mayo Clinic-affiliated hospitals from 1995 through 1998 using the Rochester Epidemiology Project to identify all cases of venous thromboembolism among Olmsted County residents.
October 29, 2009 | Story
New studies focus on whether pediatric nurses are willing to address the smoking habits of parents of their newborn patients, and on the causes of medical mistakes in hospital emergency rooms.
November 24, 2009 | Story
New studies examine the impact of lack of sleep on ICU nurses, and highlight the impact of nurse-devised solutions to the problem of medical errors.
July 15, 2008 | Program Results Report
Eve Shapiro of Eve Shapiro Medical Writing prepared a report describing the experiences of seven "leading edge" medical organizations that have instituted policies and processes for disclosing medical errors.
March 1, 2003 | Program Results Report
The Leapfrog Group developed standards for evaluating hospitals' use of computerized physician order entry systems, and devised and tested techniques to raise awareness about the importance of considering the presence of systems.
September 30, 2000 | Program Results Report
21st Century Consumer conducted developmental research to be used in the creation of educational programs to help reduce the number of injuries and deaths due to preventable errors during hospitalization.