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The study was conducted gain a better understanding about the attitudes and experiences of breast cancer providers regarding communicating with patients about diagnostic error.


  1. Providers more willing to inform patients of a diagnostic error when they felt it would be helpful.
  2. Providers willing to inform patients of diagnostic error when feeling responsible for the error.
  3. Providers willing to inform patients of diagnostic error if less concerned about litigation.
  4. Providers more willing to inform patients of a diagnostic error when the patient asked directly.


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Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP)

The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) was created by Johns Hopkins University patient safety researchers and brought to the public domain through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). CUSP aims to improve patient safety culture while providing front line caregivers with the tools and support that they need to tackle the hazards that threaten their patients. This program has been used to target a wide range of problems, such as patient falls, hospital-acquired infections, and medication administration errors.

The AHRQ toolkit includes training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how your physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety.

Communication-and-resolution programs (CRPs) are used by healthcare providers, administrators, and insurers to effectively communicate with and apologize to patients in the wake of adverse incidents; to investigate the occurrence; and offer compensation if appropriate. Researchers examined the effects of CRPs in two community hospitals and two academic medical centers in Massachusetts. They analyzed surveys and recorded data gathered by program members and clinicians at the hospitals. Researchers concluded, that CRPs are effective in increasing patient safety, but there were some barriers in implementing these programs. Barriers included lack of patient participation in disclosing data, as well as some compensation needs not being fulfilled.

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Patients’ Experiences With Communication-and-Resolution Programs After Medical Injury

Communication-and-resolution programs (CRPs) were developed so healthcare organizations and liability insurers could effectively communicate with patients about adverse incidents, use methods to increase patient safety, and offer compensation when appropriate. However, this study found that healthcare organizations did a poor job on communicating with patients and families on how to prevent adverse events. Overall, this study emphasized how patients and families wanted hospitals to be more efficient in not only disclosing adverse incidents, but also being more efficient in preventing them.