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By Patricia McGaffigan | Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
The opioid epidemic is one of the most pervasive challenges facing our health care systems. As with many public health crises, however, the effort spent on mitigation of the problem must be matched by addressing the foundation of our clinical practice, including one preventable cause: the suboptimal management of acute pain.

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Behavioral Health, Triple Aim for Populations, Person- and Family-Centered Care
By Neel Shah | Thursday, Mar 14, 2019
Many false assumptions persist about the alarming rise in deaths and complications from childbirth in the US. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, dispels the myths and explains some of the hard truths about why women in the US are 50 percent more likely to die in childbirth than their own mothers.

 

Tag(s): Maternal and Child Health, Perinatal Care, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Equitable Care Delivery, Triple Aim for Populations
By Donald M. Berwick | Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
IHI President Emeritus and Senior Fellow Don Berwick believes that board engagement is essential for health care system transformation. In a new interview, he explains why board education about quality improvement is a worthy investment.

 

Tag(s): Leadership, Governance and Boards, Quality Improvement, Patient Safety
By Sigall Bell | Thursday, Mar 07, 2019
When patients and families are injured by medical care, they can suffer (physically, emotionally, and financially) for months or sometimes years after the adverse event. Sigall K. Bell, MD, shares what research indicates health care should do to prevent long-term harm.

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Adverse Event, Transparency
By Thomas Gallagher | Wednesday, Mar 06, 2019
While the importance of transparency about medical errors is widely accepted as essential for improving health care safety and quality, a gap still exists between typical practice and what's needed.

 

Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Adverse Event, Transparency
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