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Role of Clinician Involvement in Patient Safety in Obstetrics and Gynecology

MANN, SUSAN MD*; PRATT, STEPHEN MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 3 - pp 559-575
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181ec1b29
Medical Errors And Safety Systems

Patient safety is a significant concern for healthcare providers. Involving physicians in clinical quality activities in obstetrics and gynecology can be difficult for many reasons including time demands, lack of knowledge of process improvement activities, or change fatigue due to failure of adequate implementation of previous activities. This overview for improving the culture of safety identifies roles physicians can play from participating in quality assessment and improvement activities, improving teamwork between disciplines, communicating effectively, creating departmental guidelines, and deciding on outcome measures for benchmarking. An improved culture of safety is better for our patients and may reduce malpractice exposure.

Departments of *Obstetrics and Gynecology

Anesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Correspondence: Susan Mann, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. E-mail: smann@caregroup.harvard.edu

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.