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Medical errors: Still made in one out of four hospitalized patientsApr 19, 2011 13:50 EDT
The April edition of Health Affairs tackles the issue of error in medical practice, which is estimated to cause the death 100 000 patients and cost $17 billion annually, despite a decade of "quality" initiatives. As a healthcare professional, do these statistics shock you? Or do they seem plausible based on your practice? What are your recommendations for stopping medical error? Is the hospital still the antechamber to the tomb?
Dentzer S. Still crossing the quality chasm—or suspended over it? Health Aff 2011; 30:4554-4555. Available here.
Landrigan CP, Parry GJ, Bones CB, et al. Temporal trends in rates of patient harm resulting from medical care. N Engl J Med 2010; 363:2124-2134. Available here.