Psychologist Andrew Morral is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corp. He leads RAND's initiative to understand the effects of U.S. public policies on guns, which are involved in 33,000 deaths—nearly two-thirds of them suicides—and 79,000 injuries each year.
Errors related to diagnosis accounted for 33% of medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017, beating out all other reasons for such lawsuits and highlighting the challenges physicians face in making clinical decisions.
It's been 19 years since the landmark report “To Err is Human” shook up the industry. Since that time, considerable attention has been paid to reducing medical mistakes, but the industry still has a long way to go.
As many rural hospitals closed their obstetric services over the last decade, researchers have seen a rise in health risks and infant mortality in some of the country's most medically underserved areas.
Despite the efforts by hospitals and the CMS to improve rates of hospital-acquired infections, more work needs to be done, even among those on the IBM Watson 100 Top Hospital list.
The partners have developed a digital dashboard that allows California hospitals to post data on their performance in infection control and cesarean section rates. But it's unclear if patients will use the information.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is discouraging ovarian cancer screening for asymptomatic women, saying it's ineffective and has a high incidence of false-positives and doesn't curb mortality rates.
Chocolate, flower and romance. Sure, Valentine's Day has its rewards, but it's not without its own set of risks.
The CMS' newest requirement for long-term care providers to have an antibiotic stewardship program has caused facilities to go through a significant culture change.
Healthcare providers can experience psychological trauma when their patients experience adverse health events. The Joint Commission wants hospitals and health systems to do more to support to staff.
Teens eating laundry detergent pods as part of a viral social media stunt is worrying healthcare providers and poison control centers.
A new Health Affairs study finds from 2001 to 2010, U.S. children ages 1 to 19 had a 57% higher risk of death than children in 19 other developed countries.