Wednesday, September 19, 2012

How You Can Help ProPublica Investigate Health Care Quality - ProPublica

Too many patients suffer harm instead of healing in U.S. medicine. That's why ProPublica's reporters have investigated everything from deadly dialysis centersanddangerous hospitals to the failure of state boards to discipline incompetent nurses.

As part of our ongoing reporting, we've created a new page where readers and providers can be part of the patient safety conversation, get regular updates and share stories or views.

You'll find a mix of highlights from ProPublica's Patient Harm Facebook group, links to some of the best reporting on health care quality, analysis from ProPublica reporters and other journalists, interviews with experts and tools you can use to research health care providers.

We have a few broad goals. One is to help patients stay informed. But another is to create a constructive conversation about why patient harm persists, and what might be done to fix it. Perspectives from providers and patients will be key, and we encourage input from both sides.

We also hope that your participation will better inform the work we do. So on the page you'll find several ways to engage with us:

  • A link to our Facebook group, where more than 900 people have joined a lively discussion about patient safety curated by ProPublica reporters Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce.
  • questionnaire for patients who've suffered harm in a health care setting. We're gathering these stories to help guide our research (responses are confidential unless the patient says otherwise).
  • Another questionnaire for physicians, nurses and other providers who are concerned about quality of care and who want to share their expert knowledge, views, stories or tips.