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The Two Things That Rarely Happen After a Medical Mistake

Patients seldom are told or get an apology when they are harmed during medical care, according to a new study based on results from ProPublica’s Patient Harm Questionnaire.


This story was co-published with NPR's Shots blog.

Patients who suffer injuries, infections or mistakes during medical care rarely get an acknowledgment or apology, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine report.

The study was based on responses of 236 patients who completed ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire during the one-year period ending in May 2013 and who agreed to share their data.

Results of the study, led by professor of surgery Marty Makary and conducted independently from ProPublica, were published online Nov. 13 by the Journal of Patient Safety. The study found:

• It was common for health care providers to withhold information about medical mistakes. Only 9 percent of patients said the medical facility voluntarily disclosed the harm.

• When officials did disclose harm it was often because they were forced to. Nine percent of respondents said the harm was only acknowledged under pressure.

• Apologies were infrequent. Only 11 percent of patients or their family members reported getting an apology from a provider.

• More than 30 percent reported paying bills related to the harm. The average cost:


Another study last year in the Journal of Patient Safety estimated that at least 210,000 U.S. hospital patients a year die from medical mistakes. Yet while the problem is widespread, Makary and his research team wrote, there is little research into how patients feel about experiencing medical harm.

Clinicians may see the need to be more open with patients but lack the "moral courage" to do it, researchers said. Patient advocates and providers should work together on how to best inform patients, and medical schools and training programs can introduce the needed skills, they said.

The authors cautioned that because their findings are from a self-selected sample of patients it is not possible to draw definitive conclusions about patient harm or disclosure.

As of today, more than 600 people have volunteered to complete ProPublica's Patient Harm Questionnaire, including participants in the Consumers Union Safe Patient Project, which shared the survey.

The questionnaire helps ProPublica's reporters find stories and trends. Only respondents who first consented to participate were included in Makary's research.

Help us investigate patient safety: Patients who have been harmed, or their loved ones, are invited to complete our questionnaire. Researchers interested in the data can email reporter Marshall Allen at [email protected].


Courtesy: ProPublica.org


Moneylife Foundation felicitates Constable Azim Shaikh for preventing a railway catastrophe

Moneylife Foundation's Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline, on behalf of thousands of local train commuters, felicitated Constable Azim K Shaikh from Thane Police, for preventing a catastrophic accident and disruption of railway service on 7th November


Moneylife Foundation's Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline on Saturday felicitated Constable Azim K Shaikh from Thane Police for preventing a catastrophic accident and disruption of railway service on 7 November 2014. After spotting a detached iron plate on the railway track near Parsik Tunnel, Constable Sheikh, using a red coloured bag rushed and stopped an upcoming local train in the nick of time.


After presenting a plaque on behalf of commuters of Mumbai, Samir Zaveri, who has made it his mission to ensure that railway accident victims get swift attention, so that many lives are saved during the first ‘golden hour’, said, "We salute Constable Azim K Shaikh for displaying rare courage and spontaneously responding to the dire situation, going beyond the call of duty, thereby averting a major disaster that has probably saved hundreds of lives and a massive disruption of the railways services."


Several prominent citizens and activists were present during the felicitation and lauded the bravery shown by Constable Shaikh. Some NGOs like Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and Police Reforms Watch also sent an appreciation letter for Constable Shaikh. The appreciation letter sent by Maja Daruwala, Director of CHRI and Dolphy D’souza, Convenor for PRW was read out by Mr D’souza.


Indian Railways, especially the Mumbai suburban railway network does a phenomenal job in transporting over 75 lakh people back and forth every day in an extremely timely manner. However, everyday 25-30 rail commuters meet with an accident and 10-12 of them lose their lives. This highlights why a large organisation like Indian Railways, with enormous pressure to maintain timing and schedules needs strong additional support from citizens and brave hearts like Samir Zaveri and Constable Shaikh.

Keeping this in mind, Moneylife Foundation set up the Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline to help railway commuters in distress.

Earlier this year, the Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline sought urgent intervention from Mallikarjun Kharge, the then Railway Minister through former MP Milind Deora for reducing the gap between platforms and trains and for making available ambulances at all suburban railway stations.


Moneylife Foundation and Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline have formed a group in Facebook, Coalition for Safe Rail Travel-CSRT  to help like-minded citizens and activists connect with each other.


Here is an appreciation and recommendation letter written by Julio Ribeiro, former Commissioner of Police for Mumbai to Sanjeev Dayal, DGP, Maharashtra...




Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

3 years ago

Thank God. Good news to read at last.

Nifty, Sensex may give up some gains– Weekly closing report

Nifty may keep pushing higher, as long it does not close below 8,350 for the week


The S&P BSE Sensex closed the week that ended on 21st November at 28,335 (up 288 points or 1.03%), while the NSE's CNX Nifty ended at 8,477 (up 87 points or 1.04%). Previous week, we had mentioned that as long as Nifty does not close below 8,320, the index might head higher.

On Monday, after moving in the negative for the major part of the session, Nifty made a strong up move, hit its new lifetime high, and closed near that level. Nifty closed at 8,431 (up 41 points or 0.49%). India’s trade deficit in October rose to $13.35 billion from $10.59 billion last year, according to the data released on Monday. Exports in October contracted by 5.04% at $26.09 billion and the imports rose by 3.62% reaching $39.45 billion.

On Tuesday, although Nifty hit a new life time high at the beginning of the session, it struggled throughout the day to remain in the positive zone. Nifty closed at 8,426 (down 5 points or 0.06%).

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said most of the contentious issues on the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) have already been resolved. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on Monday between India and US, on establishing an Infrastructure Collaboration Platform, under which the two governments would coordinate with the goal of facilitating US industry participation in Indian infrastructure projects.

On Wednesday Nifty remained weak and closed at 8,382 (down 44 points or 0.52%).
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said the Indian economy is showing signs of a turnaround. According to its survey, India's GDP should grow by more than 6.5% annually in the coming years. Ratings agency Moody's revised its outlook on India's corporate sector to stable from negative on expectations of economic recovery and enhanced access to global capital markets.

Next day, Nifty witnessed an indecisive move and closed Thursday at 8,402 (up 20 points or 0.23%). The Ministry of Coal on Wednesday called for comments from the public for auction/allocation of 204 coal blocks cancelled by the Supreme Court in September this year. The comments on the draft rules should be given by 24 November 2014.

Finance Minister Jaitley met government bank heads and discussed ways to bring down non-performing assets (NPAs). Jaitley also asked banks to take steps to ensure smooth credit flow to projects.

After a weak opening in the Nifty on Friday, the benchmark made a sharp upmove and closed at 8,477 (up 75 points or 0.90%). The Union Cabinet on Thursday gave its approval to launch "Integrated Power Development Scheme" (IPDS) with the objective of strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network in the urban areas.

Among the Nifty stocks, the top five gainers for the week were Kotak Mahindra Bank (10%); State Bank of India (10%); Punjab National Bank (4%); Bharti Airtel (3%) and Asian Paints (3%) while the top five losers were Jindal Steel & Power (10%); NMDC (6%); Sun Pharma (5%); Ultratech Cement (5%) and Tata Steel (3%).

 Of the 1,505 companies on the NSE, 657 companies closed in the green, 32 companies closed in the red, while 816 companies closed flat.

Out of the 27 main sectors tracked by Moneylife, top five and the bottom five sectors for this week were:


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