Marian Hollingsworth became involved in patient advocacy after the death of her father from antipsychotic drugs without consent and MRSA. Her complaint with the California Department of Public Health resulted in a law change (AFL-1108) which requires patients transferred from hospitals on antipsychotic drugs to have verified consent before those drugs can be given at a nursing home. Marian started working with Consumers Union in 2014. She attends meetings of the Medical Board of California, often testifying on patient safety issues, and keeps track of doctor disciplines. Marian helped bring media attention to the "Docs on Probation" issue in California. Marian used to work in television news as a producer, and uses those skills to promote medical stories to reporters. Marian is also a public member with the Hospital Acquired Infection Advisory Committee for the CDPH as well the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care. She recently started a blog dealing
primarily with patient advocacy issues. She has also helped to compile a separate website of disciplined doctors, as well as a list of doctors disciplined for sexual misconduct in California, 4PatientSafety.org. Marian has a degree in Spanish and Journalism from San Diego State University.
See Marian's insightful blog, "Marian's Musings".
To read the details of Marian's father's story, click here.