Dr. Pronovost Calls Patient Reports a Welcome Paradigm Shift
The FDA wants patients to add their voice to reports coming from doctors and hopsitals about medication errors and harm from medical devices. Peter Pronovost, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety, says the change is long overdue and that information from patients is necessary and valuable. He says physicians and patients should work together to improve care. Dr. Pronovost's colleague, Marty Makary, MD, a laparoscopic pancreas surgeon, recently documented under-reporting of surgical mishaps caused by the Da Vinci Robot, which has been used on more than a million patients since 2,000. See stories by Cheryl Clark in HealthLeaders here and here.