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Jean Rexford - Redding CT

Jean was the founder and executive director of the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety until the end of 2014. She has now joined our board and will also serve as a senior advisor to CTCPS. Jean represents the patient/public voice on national health care committees as well as participates on state committees addressing the needs and rights of patients.

Appointments and committee involvement:


  • Federation of State Medical Boards, Board member
  • National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality of AHRQ
  • Consumer Council, National Quality Forum
  • FDA Consumer Representative on Medical Imagine Drugs Advisory Committee
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, member at large
  • Public Stakeholder Committee, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • PCORI: reviewer
  • Safe Patient Project: Consumers Union
  • Patient Voice Institute, Board member


  • All Payer Claim Database Advisory Council
  • CT Medical Examining Board
  • CT HealthCare Acquired Infection Committee - established by 2005 legislation
  • CT Quality in Health Care Strategic Planning Advisory Committee          
  • Consumer representative, Regional Adaptation for Payer Policy Decisions
  • CT Partnership for Patient Safety, Board Member
  • Quality Council member, State Innovation Model
  • Business Council of Fairfield County Health Policy


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Becoming a More Empowered Patient

First, we have chosen to share a video by Consumer Health Choices: Talking With Your Doctor. In it you will see how preparing for you appointment can make a difference.

We have chosen a second video by the National Patient Safety Foundation: AskMe3, to share with you. Here, you learn that there are three important questions to ask your doctor whenever you see him or her.

Finally, we are sharing a series of videos by Dartmouth-Hitchcock:
Self-Advocacy: The Empowered Patient,
Self-Advocacy: Preparing for your Visit,
Self-Advocacy: Why It's Important To Share and
Self-Advocacy: Doing Research.

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  1. What you need to know in the Hospital
  2. 15 Steps You Can Take To Reduce Your Risk of a Hospital Infection
  3. Selecting Doctors & Hospitals
  4. What to do to avoid medication error
  5. AHRQ Director Helps Consumers Navigate the Health Care System in a New Advice Column on the Web

You've Suffered Medical Harm - Now What Do You Do?

According to a recent article published by ProPublica titled: So You’ve Become a Patient Safety Statistic – Now What? by Marshall Allen there are six things to do….

  1. Get a copy of medical records.
  2. Make sure the incident is reported internally.
  3. If the patient has died, order a forensic autopsy.
  4. Consider calling an attorney.
  5. Meet with the doctor and hospital officials.
  6. Report the incident to regulators, who can investigate.

For greater detail and more important information, please read the full article.