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Testimony at the National Summit on Medical Errors

Washington, DC, September 11, 2000

National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety Research

Written Statements

The first National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety Research was held on September 11, 2000, in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC), the Summitís goal was to review the information needs of individuals involved in reducing medical errors and improving patient safety. More importantly, the summit set a coordinated and usable research agenda for the future to answer these identified needs.

Individuals selected by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) testified at the summit as members of the witness panels. Each person submitted written statements for the record before the event, documenting key issues that they confront with regard to patient safety as well as questions to be researched. These written statements follow.

Additional Statements were submitted by other applicants.

Streaming Video and a Summary of the panel sessions also available.

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Panel 1 Testimony: Consumers and Purchasers

Susan E. Sheridan, Consumer, Boise, ID: Written Statement
Robert F. Meenan, The Arthritis Foundation: Written Statement
Steve Wetzell, Leapfrog Group: Written Statement
Mary Jane England, Washington Business Group on Health: Written Statement
Gregg Lehman, National Business Coalition on Health: Written Statement

Panel 2 Testimony: Broad-based System Approaches

Gordon Sprenger, American Hospital Association: Written Statement
Saul N. Weingart, Harvard Executive Session on Medical Error and Patient Safety: Written Statement
Robert M. Crane, Kaiser Permanente: Written Statement
Dale Bratzler, American Health Quality Association: Written Statement
David Woods, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society: Written Statement
Robert Wears, MedTeams Consortium: Written Statement

Panel 3 Testimony: Particular System Issues

Michael Cohen, Institute for Safe Medication Practices (medication errors): Written Statement
Patricia W. Underwood, American Nurses Association (hospital staffing): Written Statement
Mark E. Bruley, ECRI, Vice President of Accident and Forensic Investigation (medical devices): Written Statement
Joanne Lynn, Americans for Better Care of the Dying and Center to Improve Care of Dying, RAND (end of life care, pain management): Written Statement

Panel 4 Testimony: Reporting Issues and Learning Approaches

Lucy A. Savitz, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Written Statement
N. Stephen Ober, Synergy Health Care, Inc.: Written Statement
Marie Dotseth, Minnesota Department of Health: Written Statement
Timothy T. Flaherty, American Medical Association Board of Trustees: Written Statement
Roger M. Macklis, American Medical Group Association: Written Statement

Panel 5 Testimony: State Coalitions and Public Policy Advocates

Jim Winn, Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc.: Written Statement
Paul M. Schyve, Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations: Written Statement
Sharon Martin, Texas Forum on Health: Written Statement
Randolph R. Peto, Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors: Written Statement

Disclaimer and Copyright: The testimony and statements received by the Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force (QuIC) for the National Summit on Medical Errors and Patient Safety Research were in response to a call for information to help set a research agenda on reducing medical errors and improving patient safety. The responses are presented as part of the public disclosure process only and do not represent endorsement by the Task Force or by AHRQ. The Task Force and AHRQ cannot verify the completeness, accuracy, or currency of the information presented in these responses and disclaims liability for any errors, omissions, or misrepresentations. Submissions were coded for the Web to make them accessible under requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and were not otherwise altered. These responses cannot be reproduced in any form, printed or electronic, without the express permission of the authors, who retain copyright.

Current as of September 2000

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