The ‘next frontier’ for patient safety: Inpatient psychiatric care

Fierce Healthcare
By Paige Minemyer
November 7, 2018

In the two decades since the To Err is Human report spotlighted the dangers of patient harm, incremental progress has been made across the healthcare industry to make patient care safer.

Safer, that is, except for when it comes to behavioral health, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Case in point: The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Program, which is run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), served nearly 14,000 people nationwide in hospitals in 2014 for claims like sexual assault, inappropriate use of restraints and overmedication.