The CMPA has a unique national database of civil legal actions and regulatory and hospital complaints. In 2016, the CMPA established an evidence synthesis team comprised of researchers, physicians, nurses, and statisticians. The group investigates the current state of scientific evidence to gain a fulsome understanding of the patient safety landscape and to help shape the CMPA’s work in safe medical care.
In August 2018, the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management published Using medicolegal data to support safe medical care: A contributing factor coding framework, the CMPA’s first such research work to be published in a peer-reviewed journal. This methodological paper discusses a new patient safety-informed framework developed by the CMPA, which acknowledges the effects of team, organizational, and system factors, in addition to physician care. This new approach revolutionizes the way the CMPA codes its medical-legal data, and improves understanding of the many factors that contribute to patient safety events.
The CMPA is committed to its efforts in medical-legal research and education, and is eager to continue sharing its data and findings as they become available.
Contributing Factor Coding Framework
The CMPA’s innovative approach to coding medical-legal data improves understanding of multiple factors that contribute to patient safety events. It acknowledges the effects of team, organizational, and system factors, in addition to physician care.