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November 2016 Archives

Report shows lower quality of care at hospitals in low-income neighborhoods

According to a recent report published by the Economic Alliance for Michigan, hospitals situated in neighborhoods with predominantly lower income residents tend to score lower in quality and patient safety assessments when compared to hospitals in higher-income neighborhoods.

Group highlights risk of medication errors with potent chemotherapy drug

Medication errors are one of the many types of mistakes that can occur in the delivery of health care. In many cases, medication errors have no significant consequence. In some cases, the consequences can be fatal. According to a study conducted earlier this year, ten percent of all deaths in the United States are due to medical errors, and medication errors are the third most common type of medical error.

Annual survey shows improvement in Michigan hospital safety ratings

We have previously written on this blog about the results of an annual survey conducted by The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals according to how well they avoid medical errors and patient harm in the delivery of health care services. The survey is aimed at helping consumers of health care services to evaluate the quality of care they are seeking and to encourage providers and health care systems to improve their safety performance.

More doctors, medical facilities learning value of sincere apology, P.2

In our last post, we began looking at the unfortunate lack of transparency in medical care, and the effort in some quarters of the profession to improve the situation by adopting policies requiring physicians to more readily empathize with patients when errors do occur.

More doctors, medical facilities learning value of sincere apology, P.1

Mistakes occur all the time in medical care. Some of them are serious while others are relatively minor, having little or no long-term effect. As patients, we expect that our physicians will help guide us through the medical decision-making process, and this includes helping us to assess the effectiveness of treatments, surgeries, protocols and procedures to which we may be submitting.