Napa, California—April 5, 2017—The Doctors Company Foundation has reached a $5 million milestone in grants for patient safety research and educational training. The purpose of the Foundation is to support patient safety education for healthcare professionals in training and in practice and patient safety research with clinically useful applications. In this context, patient safety is defined as a healthcare discipline that minimizes the incidence and impact of adverse events by redesigning systems and processes using human factors principles to reduce errors.
“These grants are evidence of the uncompromising commitment to our mission of advancing the practice of good medicine in every way, no matter how a physician practices in today’s environment,” said David B. Troxel, MD, chairman of the Foundation and medical director of The Doctors Company. “Grants have been awarded to individual physicians doing research, national nonprofit patient safety organizations, and academic medical centers.”
For example, the Foundation has given grant support to the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety, an organization that provides exceptional training for medical and nursing students by giving them the knowledge, skills, and behaviors they need to become leaders and champions of patient safety.
“The Doctors Company Foundation has helped us train a new generation of healthcare leaders with a fundamental focus on making patient care safer and higher quality,” said David Mayer, MD, vice president of quality and safety, MedStar Health, and the founder of the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety. “Our graduates become leaders and patient safety advocates—they are passionate about creating safer care for patients and families.”
The Foundation also provides healthcare practitioners with guidance and resources to address and prevent costly medical errors.
The Foundation supported the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in developing guidelines for root cause analysis to help organizations improve the way they investigate errors, adverse events, and near-misses. Organizations nationwide are now implementing these guidelines to conduct better analyses of their medical errors and risks, fostering more transparency among physicians, patients, and families. In addition, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Diagnostic Error in Health Care issued the study Improving Diagnosis in Health Care that was partially funded by The Doctors Company Foundation.
“We are grateful to the Foundation for its continued, meaningful investment in NPSF and those working in the safety field,” said Patricia McGaffigan, chief operating officer and senior vice president of program strategy, NPSF. “For many years, the Foundation has worked with us to identify and share the practices, strategies, and solutions that can prevent error and harm to patients and the workforce.”
The Foundation’s grants complement other company efforts to advance patient safety. These include offerings from the Patient Safety and Risk Management Department to assist members in creating a patient safety culture, measuring patient satisfaction, learning how to avoid risks through analysis of closed claims data, and identifying hidden liability risks.
About The Doctors Company Foundation
The purpose of the Foundation is to support patient safety education for healthcare professionals and patient safety research with clinically useful applications. In this context, patient safety is defined as a healthcare discipline that minimizes the incidence and impact of adverse events by redesigning systems and processes using human factors principles to reduce errors. Visit www.tdcfoundation.com.