Health care safety as a public health priority

It’s been more than 20 years since Boston Globe health writer Betsy Lehman died from an overdose of chemotherapy, yet medical error remains a leading cause of death in the U.S. The barriers to eliminating harm are numerous, from a lack of actionable data to a medical culture still adjusting to rapid changes in care delivery systems and models. The Center is committed to leveraging its communications, convening and research capacities to improve health care safety for patients in all settings in Massachusetts, from primary care offices to surgery suites and nursing homes.

Resources of Interest

  • Cataract Report

    An expert panel convened by the Center released an important report highlighting key opportunities for improved practices in the more...

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  • Advisory Roundtables Report (2014)

    Betsy Lehman Center Advisory Roundtables Report: Conversations about Patient Safety in Massachusetts (November 2014)

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  • Survey results: evaluating the Center's cataract surgery initiative (March 2017)

    See how Massachusetts ophthalmologists evaluate our initiative to improve safety in cataract surgery.

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  • Subscribe to Patient Safety Beat

    A monthly report on patient safety news, research initiatives and what providers could be doing to work toward the goal...

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