21 Percent of Americans Report Experiencing a Medical Error

Share this content:
21 Percent of Americans Report Experiencing a Medical Error
21 Percent of Americans Report Experiencing a Medical Error

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More than one in five patients report having experienced a medical error, according to a survey released Sept. 28 by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)/National Patient Safety Foundation Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 2,536 adults from May 12 through June 26, 2017. The nationally representative sample included an oversample of low-socioeconomic-status adults with less than a high school education and an annual household income below $50,000 (n = 524).

The results show that 21 percent of adults report having personally experienced a medical error, while 31 percent report that someone else whose care they were closely involved with experienced an error. Ambulatory settings are a frequent site of medical errors, and the most commonly reported errors were related to diagnosis and patient-provider communications. Respondents cited, on average, at least seven different factors that contributed to the medical error they experienced. In addition, respondents indicated that health care providers are chiefly responsible for patient safety but that patients and their families also have a role to play.

"The focus on diagnostic errors and the outpatient settings closely parallels other research in this area and confirms that health care improvers need to take a systems approach to safety that encompasses all settings of care, not just hospitals," Tejal K. Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H., IHI's chief clinical and safety officer, said in a statement.

Medtronic partially funded the survey.

More Information

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


More in Home

Older Adults Less Likely to Have Provider-Ordered Flu Testing

Older Adults Less Likely to Have Provider-Ordered Flu ...

Presence of influenza-like illness, younger age independently predict provider-ordered testing

Nutrients in Child's First 1,000 Days Key for Neurodevelopment

Nutrients in Child's First 1,000 Days Key for ...

Nutrition in prenatal period and first two years of life affects prenatal nutrient delivery, child development

In-Office Angiolytic Laser Effective for Vocal Polyps

In-Office Angiolytic Laser Effective for Vocal Polyps

Fewer adverse events for patients treated with laser plus concurrent polypectomy than laser alone

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »