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The Old Dominion University College of Sciences' Spring 2003 Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series, titled "Science and Health Promotion in the 21st Century," begins Thursday, Feb. 20, with a talk by Marilyn Bogner of The Institute for the Study of Medical Errors on "Medical Error: It's More Likely What, Than Who."

Bogner's free public lecture will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Mills Godwin Jr. Life Sciences Building. The series examines the role of science in promoting health in the 21st century.

Bogner also will present a lecture for students, titled "Medical Error: The New Frontier for Behavioral Research and Application," from noon-1:15 p.m. Friday, Feb 21, in room 151 of the Perry Library.

When discussing medical errors, Bogner says, the prevailing approach of considering only the care provider as the source of error addresses only one component of the problem. The importance of factors in the context of health care that affect the care provider, hence contributing to the error is illustrated by comparing research results across time and geography, she said.

Bogner is the chief scientist of the Institute for the Study of Human Error, L.L.C. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Gestalt Psychology and taught at Catholic University of America. She was a research associate for the Institute of Medicine Study of Quality Assurance and developed research and evaluation projects for the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Human Development Services and the Health Services Administration. She also applied human factors considerations to the design and evaluation of systems for the Army Research Institute and was a senior human factors specialist for the Food and Drug Administration, where she evaluated reports of human error associated with adverse events involving medical devices.

Other events schedule as part of the lecture series include:

Mar. 6 -- E. Scott Geller, psychology department, Virginia Tech, "Driving Safety"

Mar. 18 - Dr. Neil Barnard, director, Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine, "Nutrition and Health: Diet and Disease.";

Mar. 24-25 - Laura King, psychology department, University of Missouri, "Positive Psychology: Developing Personal Resources for Health Promotion";

April 7-8 - Stephen J. Lepore, Department of Health & Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, "Health Education, Support Groups and Adjustment to Cancer in Men," and "Writing as a Way of Healing";

April 28 - Arthur Aron and Elaine N. Aron, State University of New York-Stony Brook, "Research on the Highly Sensitivity Person: Implications for Physical and Mental Health," and "Close Relationships: Health, Including Other in the Self, and the Benefits of Shared Self-Expanding Activities."

More information is available by calling 683-3118 or from the Old Dominion Dean of Sciences' Web site at www.odu.edu/webroot/orgs/sci/colsciences.nsf/pages/sciences.

This article was posted on: January 31, 2003

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