Do you know it’s been estimated that up to 195,000 people die each year of potentially preventable medical errors?
As a physician for more than 30 years, I’ve witnessed many doctors who lack the responsibility and/or willingness to do the right thing for their patients, or are just not up-to-date on the latest medical practices. This coupled with patients’ lack of awareness of what should be the right medical care, leaves patients vulnerable and results in poorer health for patients and even leads to deaths.
Seeing this has propelled me to try to use the massive amount of information available on the Internet to find the very best of that information to inform patients about what should and shouldn’t happen in their healthcare, so that they can ensure that they and their loved ones get the care they need and deserve. Is it fair that the patient has to do so much of the work? Not at all-but you will be the one who suffers the most from any medical error on your healthcare journey!
With this in mind, I formed the Cautious Patient Foundation to inform people of healthcare quality problems and the pitfalls in the system, teach them how to find the information they need, and coach them to interact with the system effectively to ensure quality treatment. The aim is to encourage patients to participate in their healthcare needs in order to reduce misdiagnoses and medical errors.
At the Foundation, we aim to provide patients and their families with a platform where you can receive advice on getting quality healthcare from a credible source, and utilize the tools that can help you maintain up-to-date health records.
Our website is being rebuilt so, please come back often to discover more free information that will be added.
Carolyn Oliver, M.D., J.D.
Founder and Medical Director
Cautious Patient Foundation