Medical Consumers Should Be Sure To Get Their Test Results (Op-Ed)

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Cutler, Population Health and Health Policy


Judy Tupper, DHEd, CPPS, CHES, director of the Patient Safety Academy and faculty in the graduate program of public health at the USM Muskie School, writes in the Portland Press Herald on September 22 about the new initiative announced at the 5th Annual Patient Safety Academy to “crowd source” a patient safety improvement idea – the promotion of a “No News is No News” campaign to educate and inform consumers about the importance of following up on test results. Tupper writes, "Lack of follow-up to abnormal test results is responsible for nearly a quarter of all medical errors that happen in the outpatient setting. These common and avoidable errors can be reduced by encouraging the health care consumer to participate in the communication of test results."