Different Countries, Same Problem

Paul Levy

First published 4/25/11 on [Not] Running A Hospital

recent study* reported in Medscape Today summarized the likely factors leading to medical, medication and laboratory errors in eight countries — Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. What is striking is the commonality across jurisdictions, irrespective of the type of health care organizational structure, including this conclusion: “Greater understanding by patients of the risks associated with health care could help to engage patients in participating in error-prevention strategies.” Here are some excerpts from the discussion portion of the article.

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