mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Surgery Risk Calculator Predicts Complications Physicians at Northwestern University’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center have developed a sophisticated online tool capable of accurately predicting a patient’s risk levels for death or complications and even the patient’s probable length of stay following nearly any surgical procedure.  Find out what impact this 23-question assessment, which can be filled out by the doctor and/or patient, could have on the number of surgeries being performed as well as reimbursements.
  2. Know the Human Being Behind the Diagnosis That “renal failure in 222” may actually be a husband, dad, award-winning journalist and an accomplished artist. Read why this physician says it’s important that you find out.
  3. Physicians’ Diagnostic Overconfidence May Be Harming Patients Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine detailed in a paper published in the JAMA Internal Medicine the discoveries they made in trying to determine what happens to a doctor’s confidence level when transitioning from easy cases to more complex situations.  Are doctors more likely to consult with a colleague or do more research depending on the severity of a perceived diagnosis?
  4. Campaign Affords Hispanics Ownership of Healthcare Decisions The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality is working to increase participation in a campaign that provides Spanish-speaking patients free resources designed to help them compare the risks and benefits of treatment options.