I chose to attend the Telluride Experience because I would like to learn more about tools and strategies that hospitals and physicians can use to deliver reliable, safe, and high-quality patient care. Patient safety is integral to good patient care because it is a fundamental element of the social contract between physician and patient and it prevents the unnecessary suffering caused by medical errors. A person visits a doctor with two basic expectations. First, there is the hope that the physician will diagnose and heal whatever ailment the patient is experiencing. Second, the patient trusts that the care they receive will be proper, regardless of the success or failure of the effort to diagnose and cure.
Proper care does not always mean that it never leaves the patient worse off – at least, depending on what exactly one means by “worse off.” For example, proper care may sometimes include dangerous… Continue reading