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Medical Mistakes

Diagnosing and Curing Our Sick Health System

Allen Frances | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

You couldn't invent a worse healthcare system than the nightmare we have created in the U.S. Our medical costs are almost twice as high per person as they are in most other similar countries but produce only mediocre outcomes.

Why Are Medical Mistakes Our Third Leading Cause of Death?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

I have a friend who has lung cancer -- the "good," slow-growing kind. His doctors have been less kind than the cancer. They keep screwing up in ways that seem likely to kill my friend before his cancer does.

Hospitals a No-Show at Senate Hearing: What's Up With This?

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Last week, Senator Bernie Sanders and a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) subcommittee held hearings to shine a light on the third leading cause of death in the United States: medical mistakes in hospitals. Curious minds should ask: Where were the hospitals?

Count the Dead From Medical Harm

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Secrecy is unraveling the fabric of the health care system. The dishonor of the deceased is taking its toll. There is only one way out. Count the dead and the injured. Honor them as we would all wish to be honored.

The Hidden Costs of Stifling Medical Mistakes

Michael Drew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Michael Drew

Physicians are human and make mistakes like everyone else. Our weakness lies in denying human fallibility. Our strength lies in acknowledging our imperfections and working together to transform weaknesses into strengths.

Doctors Make Mistakes, Too

James Stack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
James Stack

While I'd like to say I haven't seen among the younger generation of doctors the arrogance once taken for granted among those from my father's, and my, generation, I have had one disappointing encounter.

The Other Victims of Medical Errors

Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Amy D. Waterman, Ph.D.

How do we reconcile our commitment to excellence in health care with the inevitability of medical errors? How can we be comforted while accepting our fallibility as humans? The words of Voltaire -- "Perfection is the enemy of the good" -- point to one possibility.

Healing the Healer

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

We sometimes forget that those great minds in medicine live in a body -- a human body. Those bodies need restorative sleep, nourishing food, stable blood sugar, exercise, and time for connection, reflection, and community.

'Doctors Make Mistakes': A Commentary on Medical Errors

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I am heartened by the dawn of what is called "patient-centered care." This is far more than a slogan; it is a deep and abiding commitment by caregivers to put the patient first, foremost, in a medical care system too often organized for the convenience of caregivers and administrators.

Error, Expertise, and the Elephant in the Room

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

There is a macabre joke about the blindness of modern medicine's reductionistic erudition, and you have likely heard it: "The operation was a great success. Unfortunately, the patient died." That would be a whole lot funnier if it weren't so close to a perilous truth.

About My Error

David Ring, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted 01.02.2013 | Home
David Ring, M.D., Ph.D.

While leaving that day I saw the director of the operating room walking towards me. What would he say? The possibilities raced across my mind.

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?

Brian Goldman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Brian Goldman, MD

Since January of this year, more than half a million people have seen my talk. A small number of people have (rightly) taken me to task for not doing better. But most have been incredibly supportive of my call for health professionals to talk openly about their mistakes.

Why Don't Patients Report Medical Errors?

ProPublica | Posted 11.25.2012 | Health News
ProPublica

By Marshall Allen, ProPublica. I was recently browsing through the nearly 200 stories we've compiled with our Patient Harm Questionnaire, when I was ...

Why Doctors Should Disclose Their Mistakes

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Doctors and hospitals are finding that when they make a mistake, sharing the information with the patient isn't just the right thing and the smart thing -- it can be a money-saving thing.

Hospital Errors: Be Wary of the "July Effect"

ABC News | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Findings from a new University of California San Diego study lend credence to what is called the "July effect" -- a long-held suspicion that July is t...

Report: Health Care System Wastes Up to $850 Billion Annually

Politics Daily | David Sessions | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

According to a report by Thomson Reuters, the American health care system wastes between $505 billion and $850 billion every year, which is up to a th...