Mistakes Revealed in Family Practice Clinics
A recent study funded by the non-profit Agency for Health Research and Quality revealed an "unacceptable" level of healthcare mistakes at a sampling of family practice clinics. A total of 966 errors were found in a 32-week period among eight clinics that volunteered to participate in the study.
Many Types of Medical Errors
The errors were classified in a number of ways, including whether they had adverse consequences (yes, in 74 percent of the error reports) and whether physical or emotional harm to a patient was reported in connection the error (which did indeed happen in 18 percent of the errors). Other findings regard the types of errors and their frequency, including:
Delays in Care, Steps to Mitigate Unacceptable Too
The researchers also found that:
The study's main author, John Hickner, M.D., of the University of Chicago, stated, "Since many errors are undetected or unreported, we can assume this is an extreme lower bound."
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