Category Archives: Patient Safety Activism

Patient Engagement in Research: A Toolkit for Patient-Family Advisory Councils

October 10, 2017

From Planetree through a project that was funded by a Eugene Washington Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to support our understanding of how Patient-Family Advisory Councils engage

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An Invitation to Patient and Family Engaged Care for Consumers: What it is, Why it Matters and How Patients and Families Can Engage

July 24, 2017

As one of the co-authors, I am excited to share that the BMJ has just published, as a response to a British Medical Journal editorial, An Invitation to Patient and Family Engaged Care for

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‘Bag of Pills’: Is It Necessary? Fewer medications is an achievable goal

May 10, 2016

MedPage Today by Joyce Frieden   News Editor, MedPage Today  WASHINGTON — Polypharmacy is a difficult problem for many physicians who treat older patients, but there are steps they can take to cut

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Let’s involve Connecticut patients in reducing medical errors

March 15, 2016

Lisa Freeman,  Connecticut Center for Patient Safety,  Executive Director March 13 through 18 is National Patient Safety Awareness Week. As I sit here, thinking of what to write, stories of the people

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Connecticut needs transparency in health care

March 20, 2015

The current legislative session in Hartford holds promise for improving the safety and quality of health care in Connecticut. There are a number of bipartisan bills introduced by Senator Looney

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Op-Ed: CT assembly should enact informed consent law for nursing home elders

March 19, 2015

When it comes to the use of antipsychotic drugs to address challenging behaviors presented by seniors with dementia, CT exceeded one goal for reduction of use, but still ranks last in New England

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Rants of a Patient Safety Advocate – True Story in the Emergency Room: The Emergency Room Dilemma

March 17, 2015

My friend and fellow advocate, Ilene Corina, wrote: “Just imagine walking into a supermarket and the carts are all sitting in the aisles so scattered you can barely get through.

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A Call to Action: It’s Time to Break Another Glass Ceiling

March 2, 2015

Patient-Centered Care involves healthcare systems embracing a culture and a philosophy that includes and considers patient’s perspectives in everything that they do.  I recently wrote an article for Planetree’s Planetalk

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When Patients Read What Their Doctors Write

August 17, 2014

NPR  by Leana Wen  August 17, 2014  –  The woman was sitting on a gurney in the emergency room, and I was facing her, typing. I had just written about

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Courage to Bring Change

August 4, 2014

The other day, I visited Arlington National Cemetery.  There are rows and rows of white tombstones, 400,000 graves in all.  It’s daunting.  From atop the hill at Arlington House, in

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