The interview, by Pauline Chen, the surgeon and NY Times author who writes the terrific “Doctor and Patient” column on-line, is here — it mostly focuses on my thoughts about patient safety 10 years into the movement. The story and topic were also picked up by Tara Parker-Pope in her “Well” blog, and the comments are already coming fast and furious. I had put the Kevlar vest away after the feedback from my New England Journal piece on “‘no blame’ vs. accountability” turned out to be surprisingly benign, but I may need to pull it out of deep storage. Patient safety generates such deep passions; it’s one of the things that makes thinking about and trying to improve it so damn interesting.
I’ve taken a bit of a blog break but will have a couple of pre-holiday posts in the next few days, one on our Root Cause Analysis epiphany at UCSF, and another one profiling the most creative researcher in all of medicine. Stay tuned.