Improving Patient Safety and the Quality of Patient Care
The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety (PPAHS) is a 501c3 nonprofit. Founded in 2011, PPAHS is dedicated to improving patient safety and the quality of patient care.
PPAHS provides easy-to-use and practical resources for patients:
Although many PPAHS resources have been developed for the use by doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals, these resources have been designed to be understandable by patients.
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Patients Need Reliable Healthcare Information and Resources
Patients need reliable and trusted resources to maintain and improve their health. Unfortunately, not all information, news sources, healthcare professionals, and even politicians can be trusted for accurate information.
Misinformation is a Patient Safety Risk
Health misinformation is all too prevalent and represents a patient safety risk. In their article published in the American Journal of Public Health, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou (National Cancer Institute) and her colleagues discuss the alarming rise of health misinformation:
“Falsehoods have been shown to spread faster and farther than accurate information, and research suggests that misinformation can have negative effects in the real world, such as amplifying controversy about vaccines and propagating unproven cancer treatments. Health misinformation on social media, therefore, urgently requires greater action from those working in public health research and practice.”
In particular, misinformation about COVID-19 is a patient safety risk. In his August 12, 2021 article, David Sandman (President and CEO, New York State Health Foundation) wrote:
“Lies and misinformation campaigns have fueled the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 618,000 Americans — and counting. Social media posts have promulgated conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, the severity of the pandemic, treatment options, and, of course, vaccines …
“Vaccine misinformation online was an insidious problem long before COVID-19 emerged; it won’t be easy to root it out. But, like everything related to the pandemic, we’ll succeed or fail together. And our success in finally getting the pandemic under control requires stamping out misinformation.”
Healthcare misinformation is widespread, as the Kaiser Family Foundation survey found:
“The information landscape about Covid-19 is bewildering, with factual and fictional claims competing for attention. And most American adults have heard at least a couple of the fictions, according to new data from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
“Kaiser, which is widely respected for its top-notch work on this subject, tested eight false statements about Covid. Nearly 80% of Americans surveyed said they had heard of at least one of the falsehoods and either believed it or are unsure whether it is true.
“‘Most commonly,’ the report’s authors wrote, ‘six in ten adults have heard that the government is exaggerating the number of Covid-19 deaths by counting deaths due to other factors as coronavirus deaths and either believe this to be true (38%) or aren’t sure if it’s true or false (22%).
“One-third of respondents ‘believe or are unsure whether deaths due to the Covid-19 vaccine are being intentionally hidden by the government (35%),’ the authors wrote, ‘and about three in ten each believe or are unsure whether Covid-19 vaccines have been shown to cause infertility (31%) or whether Ivermectin is a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19 (28%).’
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