Institute for Patient Safety

A better way to treat back pain

By Jan Jarvis   Almost everyone suffers low back pain at some point in their lives. The question is how to relieve it. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center are working to find the answer. By analyzing the DNA of low back pain sufferers, the goal is to uncover which patients are most likely to... Read more »

Sep 21, 2017


Patient safety leader: 59 Texans will die today from medical mistakes

By Thomas Diller, MD Executive Director, Institute for Patient Safety   Strong evidence indicates the number of deaths per year due to medical error approaches 251,000, making it the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer. In the Star-Telegram For more about patient safety from Dr. Diller, please... Read more »

Mar 23, 2017


New patient safety leader committed to reducing medical harm

By Jan Jarvis The youthful sailors who work aboard aircraft carriers fall into an age group that is not exactly known for reliability. And yet in a highly dangerous environment, these 18- to 21-year olds perform their work in a consistently safe and reliable fashion. The reason: constant training and a culture that prioritizes safety,... Read more »

Dec 7, 2016

Innovative solutions to make health care safer

By Jan Jarvis   Too often patients in pain are prescribed opioids every day, around the clock, for years and years. The result: A growing number of older patients are becoming addicted to prescription opioids, said Andrew Kolodny, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Phoenix House Foundation Inc., and Executive Director of Physicians for Responsible Opioid... Read more »

Oct 28, 2016

Scott Carlton with nurse

Changing the culture of patient safety

By Jan Jarvis Scott Carlton, 7, with his private duty nurse, Olubunmi Ogundoju. Patient Safety Summit The Institute’s annual Patient Safety Summit is scheduled for Oct. 27-28 in Fort Worth. The conference, “Drive the Difference: Leading Innovation in Patient Safety” will focus on delivering safer care in ambulatory settings. The Institute The Institute for Patient Safety focuses... Read more »

Sep 15, 2016