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Patient safety took second place to research needs at NIH hospital, says report

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 26 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2376
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

A special working group assigned to look into lapses in safety practices at the US National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Clinical Center has found that in many cases patient safety had been treated as secondary to research needs.1

“While there were certain risks inherent in leading edge research conducted by the NIH,” the report said, “failing to take appropriate steps to minimize those risks was a disservice to both the patients and the quality of the research itself.”

The center, located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, …

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