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Helen Haskell entered the world of patient advocacy as most citizen advocates do: the hard way. In November of 2000, Helen and her husband took their healthy 15-year-old son Lewis to the Medical University of South Carolina for minimally invasive cosmetic surgery. Four days later he was dead. Helen says, “When we put it all together, we realized that our son was the victim of a profoundly dysfunctional medical system.” Since then, she’s helped organize parents and medical error victims into a mutual support group, Mothers Against Medical Error. In 2005, Mothers Against Medical Error worked with South Carolina hospitals to pass the Lewis Blackman Hospital Patient Safety Act, a state law requiring, among other things, that hospital personnel wear badges indicating their jobs and status and that hospitals give patients a means of contacting their attending physicians.

Comparative Effectiveness Research: Helen Haskell, Founder of Mothers Against Medical Error

Helen Haskell | January 15, 2013
Comparative effectiveness research will be transformational if done properly. The critical thing is that it be done without built-in bias.