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How to communicate with patients after an error occurs

It's often difficult for clinicians and administrators to say they are sorry when something goes wrong with patient care. And that lack of communication leaves patients and families confused, wondering what happened and whether they should file a lawsuit to find the answers. But a new online toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality can help clinicians eliminate that "wall of silence" and culture of secrecy.

Medical errors fell in last decade

Initiatives to reduce medical errors, the nation's third-leading cause of death, have made progress, according to research published in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's  Chartbook on Patient Safety.

Task force delays new recommendations on medical resident work hours

A task force assigned to review the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's work-hour restriction policies for medical residents won't make any recommendations for another year so it has time to review all patient safety concerns.

5 reforms to help hospitals reduce medical errors

Medical errors are an ongoing problem in the healthcare industry--recent studies suggest that 250,000 people a year die due to such mistakes--but some simple steps may help hospitals reduce the amount of patient harm.

Medical errors: 5 system-wide changes that can prevent patient harm

Despite controversy over the definition of medical errors used in a new study that finds these mistakes lead to 10 percent of deaths in the United States each year, it's clear that the industry...

Public reporting measures don't give full patient safety picture

Common indicators used to rate hospital safety may not accurately capture care quality, a new study suggests.

BMJ study on medical errors flawed, not 'innovative,' doctor writes

A recent study published in  The BMJ, which found that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., has flaws that prevent the findings from being truly innovative, writes Vinay Prasad, M.D., in an opinion piece.

Providers use malpractice data to identify common dangers

In an effort to improve healthcare quality, hospital leaders are increasingly referring back to malpractice claims to learn from their mistakes, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nurse association promotes 'culture of safety' in healthcare

In the wake of a new report that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the American Nurses Association is urging healthcare professionals to keep safety in mind during National Nurses Week, which begins today.

Collaborative efforts key to medical error data collection

Adjustments on how the healthcare industry collects data on medical errors, especially those that lead to patient death, must be a "collaborative effort," Institute for Healthcare Improvement Vice President Frank Federico tells  FierceHealthcare in an exclusive interview.