Patients may play a bigger role in reporting medical errors

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, also known as AHRQ, is seeking approval to design and test a system for collecting information from patients about health care safety events.

AHRQ aims to create a way for patients and their families to report health care-related adverse events. “Most reporting systems do not presently accept or elicit reports from patients and their families,” AHRQ wrote, and “the unique perspective of health care consumers could reveal important information that is not reported by health care providers.”

Currently, all of Oregon’s hospitals participate in a voluntary adverse event reporting system.

AHRQ already has funded the development of a prototype Consumer Reporting System for Patient Safety, and the agency now seeks to test thta prototype’s effectiveness. The project is being conducted by AHRQ through a contractor, Rand Corp., with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, both in Boston, and ECRI Institute, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.

You can read AHRQ’s application to the Federal Register here.

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