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We envision a world in which the patient's voice is heard and no one is harmed by healthcare.

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BEHAVIOR

​September 2017

​A broken system forgives sexually abusive doctors in every state, investigation finds

February 2017

Surgeons who are rude to patients and others may pose a problem in the operating room.

January 2016

Some physicians need to heal themselves before focusing on their patients.


​​DISPARITIES AND BIAS IN HEALTHCARE

February 2016

Mounting research finds that facing discrimination, in general, is a risk factor for poor health

 Although the term disparities is often interpreted to mean racial or ethnic disparities, many dimensions of disparity exist in the United States, particularly in health. If a health outcome is seen to a greater or lesser extent between populations, there is disparity. Race or ethnicity, sex, sexual identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and geographic location all contribute to an individual’s ability to achieve good health. It is important to recognize the impact that social determinants have on health outcomes of specific populations. Healthy People strives to improve the health of all groups.​

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health disparities are preventable differences in the burden of disease, injury, violence, or opportunities to achieve optimal health that are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations.1 Populations can be defined by factors such as race or ethnicity, gender, education or income, disability, geographic location (e.g., rural or urban), or sexual orientation. Health disparities are inequitable and are directly related to the historical and current unequal distribution of social, political, economic, and environmental resources.

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine

​March 2002

Congress, in 1999, requested an IOM study to assess the extent of disparities in the types and quality of health services received by U.S. racial and ethnic minorities and non-minorities; explore factors that may contribute to inequities in care; and recommend policies and practices to eliminate these inequities.

ACOG

​December 2005

ABSTRACT: Projections suggest that people of color will represent most of the U.S. population by 2050, and yet significant racial and ethnic disparities persist in women’s health and health care. Although socioeconomic status accounts for some of these disparities, factors at the patient, practitioner, and health care system levels contribute to existing and evolving disparities in women’s health outcomes.

WNYC

​January 2017

When she went into Kings County Hospital for a Week 40 checkup, she wasn’t in labor and did not expect to deliver a baby that day. During what she thought was a routine pelvic examination, the doctor kept going deeper. It was uncomfortable and confusing; when she hit what she figured was 10 on the 1-to-10 pain scale, she cried out, “What’s happening?”


FALLS

September 2014

​ Many people who have experienced the birth of a newborn baby most likely have warm  thoughts of going to see the baby in the hospital and holding the baby for the first time. However, accidents can happen while families are bonding with their newborn baby while in the hospital

June 2016

Open and candid communication with patients and their families is a key component of safe and effective health              care.  However, communication between caregivers and patients is sometimes hindered by longstanding myths and        misconceptions about the sharing of information.  The Joint Commission, with input from its Patient and Family                Advisory Council, has issued a white paper designed to dispel those myths and to help organizations design more            effective communication practices.


​​INFECTIONS

February 2017

Antibiotic resistance could make c-sections, transplants and chemotherapy too dangerous to perform, warns World Health Organisation

 March 2014

 On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of             their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the Centers for                     Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates of healthcare-associated           infections.

The Peggy Lillis Foundation is building a nationwide clostridium difficile awareness movement by educating the                 public, empowering advocates, and shaping policy.

One and Only Campaign: Make Every Injection Safe


LGBT CARE AND SAFETY

March 2016
Experiencing the world as a different gender than the one assigned to you at birth can take a toll. Nearly all research         into transgender individuals' mental health shows poorer outcomes. A study looking specifically at transgender                 women, predominantly women of color, only further confirms that reality.

 August 2016

Stigma and discrimination experienced during adolescence can have lifelong health consequences.1 In addition,               risky health behaviors are often established during adolescence and can be particularly prevalent among those                 aged 13 to 18   years experiencing stigma.

With almost 28,000 respondents, the U.S. Transgender Survey (USTS) is the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people

2011

A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey  


MEDICATION SAFETY & ERRORS

August 2017

Most patients who are prescribed opioids after surgery don't take all of the prescribed pills, leaving leftover opioids that could be used inappropriately, a new review of studies finds.

June ​2017

AMERICANS OVER 50 are using narcotic pain pills in surprisingly high numbers, and many are becoming addicted. While media attention has focused on younger people buying illegal opioids on the black market, dependence can also start with a legitimate prescription from a doctor: A well-meant treatment for knee surgery or chronic back troubles is often the path to a deadly outcome.

​March 2017

Teenagers who abuse opioid drugs, in most cases began when they received the medication from their doctor. Studies show that teens start taking drugs for medical reasons and then continue when they are no longer needed.

December 2015

From 2000 to 2014 nearly half a million Americans died from drug overdoses. Opioid overdose deaths,             including both opioid pain relievers and heroin, hit record levels in 2014, with an alarming 14 percent             increase in just one year.

April 2010

Between 2005 and 2007, medical errors cost Medicare more than $6.9 billion and were responsible for more than             92,000 potentially preventable in-hospital deaths among the plan’s beneficiaries.1 Of all medical errors, medication           administration mistakes have ranked among the most common, harming at least 1.5 million people every year,                 according to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (IMNA).

To advance patient safety worldwide by empowering the healthcare community, including consumers, to prevent               medication errors.


PATIENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT

June 2016
Open and candid communication with patients and their families is a key component of safe and effective health              care.  However, communication between caregivers and patients is sometimes hindered by longstanding myths and        misconceptions about the sharing of information.  The Joint Commission, with input from its Patient and Family                Advisory Council, has issued a white paper designed to dispel those myths and to help organizations design more            effective communication practices.


VETERANS CARE & SAFETY

July 2015

A senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs is warning Congress on Monday that it needs to fill a $3 billion        shortfall or risk shutting down VA hospitals in August.
 “It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,”                Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

June 2015

 The Department of Veterans Affairs is at risk of shutting down an unspecified number of hospitals by August if                   Congress doesn't fill a $3 billion shortfall by the end of July, according to The Hill.