Medical Device Reports (MAUDE)
|Source||U.S. Food and Drug Administration|
|File Size||5 GB|
|Dates Covered||1991 – June 2013 (contact NICAR for archived data to 1984)|
Please note that the data do not include patient-specific information (which has been removed for privacy reasons) or geographic information.
The files are in CSV format. If you plan to use Microsoft Access to analyze the data, you must link to, rather than import, the tables.
Record layouts and samples of this database
|Data sample (maudesample.xls)||116.8 KB|
|Schema (maude.pdf)||298.7 KB|
|Main documentation (maude_readme.txt)||16.0 KB|
|Record layout (MAUDElay.txt)||9.3 KB|
- Tip sheet for journalists investigating medical research and informed consent
This tipsheet contains tips to help journalists interested in medical reporting. It describes how to get copies of consent forms for studies, where to find FOIA information for NIH and FDA, etc.
- Health Information Technologies
Schulte provides a list of websites for tracking developments in health information technologies.
- Health Care Survival Guide: Investigating America’s Hospitals
Berens tipsheet addresses how to cover the health & science beat. He begins by stressing the 3 F’s: “follow the paper; find the expert; and ferret out the research.” Berens gives a list of basic public records pertinent to the beat; available databases; and “real world advice” based on his own experience covering health and science.
- Foreign Objects
A Star-Ledger investigation revealed that “while implants save or improve the lives of millions of people, thousands suffer in pain, disfigurement, immobility and, in some cases, death. The multimillion-dollar medical implant industry is supposed to be overseen by the Food and Drug Administration, but in fact it is regulated so laxly that devices often reach the market without clinical testing and with little oversight afterwards.”
- Drug Pump’s Deadly Trail
“This project questions the standard conclusion that a great deal of blame falls on nursing errors – especially medication errors. In many cases, it’s not the people. It’s the machine. The Tallahassee Democrat shows that one of the most common hospital bedside devices – the drug pump – is so prone to human error that it invites mistake. What’s worse, when misprogrammed, the pump defaults to a setting that, when used with morphine, is instantly lethal.”