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Dr. Weiner and Dr. Schwartz win PROSE Award

Listening for What Matters: Avoiding Contextual Errors in Health Care, authored by Dr. Saul Weiner and Dr. Alan Schwartz (Oxford University Press) has received the 2017 PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences. This award is given by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to recognize the best in scholarly publishing.

The book describes over a decade of research Dr. Weiner’s team has conducted, primarily with funding from HSR&D, exploring what happens when physicians get the science right (i.e. the care is “evidence based”) but the care plan wrong (e.g. prescribing a medication a patient can’t afford when a less costly alternative is available), a phenomenon he has termed “contextual error.” The work is based on sending actors on hundreds of unannounced standardized patient visits into clinical practices, and also on over a thousand visits in which real patients audio record their interactions with their physicians.