We 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
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