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Just the Medicine for Patient Safety Awareness Week in MA

March 9, 2009

Boston, MA – This is "Patient Safety Awareness Week," and this year's focus is on creating partnerships between health care professionals and patients in Massachusetts.

Dr. Edward Bailey, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at NSMC North Shore Children's Hospital, wants everyone to keep medication lists for themselves and their loved ones, and to ask questions any time directions from a health care provider are not clear.

"I'm a strong believer that patients and families should be active participants in their care, and take a very active role."

Partnership for Healthcare Excellence chair James Conway says consumers need to be part of their own medical teams, and that means two-way communication; patients have to ask questions as part of an ongoing dialogue with their care providers.

"It's also advancing the notion that when they ask those questions, they get a respectful response, and then they work together in this thing called care."

Massachusetts Hospital Association president and CEO Lynn Nicholas says hospitals have an ongoing commitment to patient safety, and are working with patients to help make care even better.

"We can absolutely improve the quality of the care that hospitals and physicians provide, with a little help. Dealing with one's prescriptions and meds is a really, really important aspect of that."

The Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors offers a "med list" that patients can complete and carry with them to let their doctors and pharmacists know what medications they are taking, and to help avoid errors when new medications are prescribed.

More information is at

Deb Courson, Public News Service - MA