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Medical Error Reporting
Since the 1999 Institute of Medicine Report publicized that up to 98,000 patients die annually due to often preventable medical errors, many hospitals have initiated programs to increase medical reporting of errors and reduce costs associated with additional patient care and malpractice lawsuits.  Effective programs have changed the hospital culture from blame and denial to transparency and open communication. 

The featured Innovations describe three programs that initiated new patient safety processes, including full disclosure of medical errors, open communication with patients, and corrective actions.

The featured QualityTools describe practical resources for reporting medical errors and communicating harm to patients.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS)
Developed by Food and Drug Administration (U.S.)

 Common Formats for Patient Safety Event Reporting
Developed by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 Communicating With Your Patient About Harm
Developed by Canadian Medical Protective Association

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Developed by Administration on Aging; National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

 Healthy Women Publications
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 Patient Guide to the Evaluation and Treatment of Hirsutism in Premenopausal Women
Developed by The Hormone Foundation