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Eric Thomas, MD, MPH

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Eric J. Thomas, MD, MPH
6410 Fannin, UPB 1100
Houston, Texas 77030-3006

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Eric J. Thomas, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas Houston Medical School, and Director of the UT Houston-Memorial Hermann Center for Healthcare Quality and Safety. Since 1992 he has conducted research on patient safety and his work was heavily cited in the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on medical error. Dr. Thomas' current research focuses on diagnostic errors, measuring safety culture, measuring and improving teamwork, and the use of health information technology improve quality and safety. In 2007 he received the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Research from the National Quality Forum and Joint Commission.
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Selected Publications

  • Etchegaray JM, Gallagher TH, Bell SK, Dunlap B, Thomas EJ. Error disclosure: a new domain for safety culture assessment. BMJ Qual Saf, 2012 May 5 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Katakam LI, Trickey AW, Thomas EJ. Speaking up and sharing information improves trainee neonatal resuscitations. Journal of Patient Safety, in press.
  • Singh H, Giardina TD, Meyer AND, Forjuoh SN, Reis MD, Thomas EJ. Types and origins of diagnostic errors in primary care settings. Arch Intern Med, in press.
  • Etchegaray JM, Thomas EJ. Engaging employees: The importance of high-performance work systems for patient safety. Journal of Patient Safety, in press.
  • Etchegaray JM, Thomas EJ. Comparing two safety culture surveys: Safety Attitudes Questionnaire and Hospital Survey on Patient Safety. BMJ Quality and Safety, in press.
  • Singh H, Giardina TD, Forjuoh SN, Reis MD, Kosmach S, Khan MM, Thomas EJ. Electronic health record-based surveillance of diagnostic errors in primary care. BMJ Quality and Safety 2012;21:93-100.
  • Profit J, Etchegaray J, Petersen LA, Sexton JB, Hysong SJ, Mei M, Thomas EJ. The Safety Attitudes Questionnaire as a tool for benchmarking safety culture in the NICU. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal 2012;97:F127-32.
  • Thomas EJ. Improving teamwork in healthcare: Current approaches and the path forward. BMJ Quality and Safety, in press.
  • Profit J, Gould JB, Zupancic JA, Stark AR, Wall KM, Kowalkowski MA, Mei M, Pietz K, Thomas EJ, Petersen LA. Formal selection of quality measures for a composite index of NICU quality: Baby-MONITOR. J Perinatol 2011 Feb 24 [Epub ahead of print].
  • Thomas EJ, Williams AL, Reichman EF, Lasky RE, Crandell S, Taggart WR. Team training in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program for Interns: teamwork and quality of resuscitations. Pediatrics 2010;125:539-546.
  • Kao LS, Lew DF, Doyle P, Carrick MM, Jordan VS, Thomas EJ, Lally KP. A tale of two hospitals: a staggered cohort study of targeted interventions to improve compliance with antibiotic prophylaxis guidelines. Surgery 2010;148:255-62.
  • Thomas EJ, Lucke JL, Wueste L, Weavind L, Patel B. The association of telemedicine for remote monitoring of intensive care patients with mortality, complications, and length of stay. JAMA 2009;302:2671-2678.
  • Singh H, Thomas EJ, Sittig DF, Wilson L, Espadas D, Khan MM, Petersen LA. Notification of Abnormal Laboratory Test Results in an Electronic Medical Record: Do Any Safety Concerns Remain? Am J Med 2010;123:238-244.
  • Singh H, Thomas EJ, Mani S, Sittig D, Arora H, Espadas D, Khan MM, Petersen LA. Timely Follow-Up of Abnormal Diagnostic Imaging Test Results in an Outpatient Setting: Are Electronic Medical Records Achieving Their Potential? Archives of Internal Medicine 2009;169(17):1578-1586.
  • Mazzocco K, Pettiti DB, Fong KT, Bonacum D, Brookey J, Graham S, Lasky RE, Sexton JB, Thomas EJ. Surgical team behaviors and patient outcomes. Am J Surg 2008;197:678-685 pubmed
  • Mello MM, Studdert DM, Thomas EJ, Yoon C, Brennan TA. Who pays for medical errors? An analysis of adverse event costs, the medical liability system, and incentives for patient safety improvement. J Empirical Leg Stud 2007 (in press)
  • Tang Z, Weavind L, Mazabob J, Thomas EJ, Chu-Weininger M, Johnson TR. Workflow in Intensive Care Unit Remote Monitoring: A Time-and-Motion Study. Critical Care Medicine 2007;35:2057-2063 pubmed
  • Singh H, Thomas EJ, Petersen LA, Studdert DM. Medical errors involving trainees: a study of closed malpractice claims from 5 insurers. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:2030-36. pubmed
  • Woods DM, Thomas EJ, Holl JL, Weiss KB, Brennan TA. Ambulatory Care Adverse Events and Preventable Adverse Events Leading to a Hospital Admission. Qual Saf Healthcare 2007;16:127-31 pubmed
  • Kachalia A, Gandhi TK, Puopolo AL, Yoon C, Thomas EJ, Griffey R, Brennan TA, Studdert. DM. Missed and Delayed Diagnoses in the Emergency Department: A Study of Closed Malpractice Claims from Four Liability Insurers. Ann Emerg Med 2007;49:196-205. Editorial comment page 206. pubmed
  • Bernstam EV, Pancheri KK, Johnson CM, Johnson TR, Thomas EJ, Turley JP. Reasons for after-hours calls by hospital floor nurses to on-call physicians. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 2007;33:342-9 pubmed
  • Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Thomas EJ, Puopolo AL, Yoon C, Brennan TA, Studdert DM. Missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting. A study of closed malpractice claims. Ann Intern Med 2006;145:488-496. Editorial comment page 547. pubmed

Health Information Technology

InSPECt: Interactive Surveillance Portal for Evaluating Clinical decision support

National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare

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Safety Culture and Teamwork

Improving the Safety and Quality of Pediatric Health Care

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Quality Improvement

Optimizing Nutrition in Very Low Birth Weight Patients with Prolonged Transition to Full Enteral Feedings

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