ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
The author, a family physician, contributes her thoughts on patient safety and error reduction as a doctor and as the daughter of a sick parent who received suboptimal care.
The article presents a patient handout, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that explains to patients how they can help their doctors provide better care.
Argues that most practices are shot through with errors that can be prevented -- or at least be prevented from having adverse consequences -- by systematization.
FPM's medical editor writes about research to identify sources of error in family practice.
Call for tips and articles for 2002 special issue on error reduction.