People who live in Michigan deserve the right to trust in the quality of health care they receive from doctors, nurses and other medical professionals. Sadly, this trust is not always warranted. Medical errors can and do happen at any time. Even when unintentional, a medical error can cause devastating results for individuals and their loves ones.
The causes of medical errors can be varied, but it seems that what many may consider to be a very basic thing is a significant contributor to these mistakes: communication. According to Becker’s Hospital Review, multiple studies and statistics have highlighted the problems associated with miscommunications between medical providers or between providers and their patients.
One CRICO Strategies study found that over 1,700 patients died in a five-year study period due to communication mistakes. Another study highlighted that 25% of hospital re-admissions were prompted by miscommunications. Advocates are working to highlight the need to train medical professionals on how to better communicate with each other and with their patients. This change in mindset includes a conscious shift from getting work done or being efficient to putting the patient first. Some are calling for classes that focus on interpersonal skills and communication techniques to help overcome language, education and other barriers.
If you would like to learn more about how you may be able to get help from an advocate on your side after you or a family member have been impacted by a medical error related to poor communication, please feel free to visit the patient’s help and compensation page of our Michigan medical malpractice website.