U.S. patients report highest error rate in survey of six countries
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Dec. 5, 2005
One-third of Americans reported experiencing medical errors, a higher rate than patients in five other countries reported, said a survey published Nov. 3 on the Health Affairs Web site. The study found that 34% of Americans believed they had experienced a medical mistake in treatment or care, had been given the wrong medication or dose, had been given incorrect test results or had experienced delays in receiving abnormal test results. Most errors reported occurred in an ambulatory setting, leading authors to believe that more focus should be put on patient-safety initiatives outside the hospital.
Thirty percent of Canadian patients said they had experienced one of these medical errors, along with 27% of Australians, 25% of New Zealanders, 23% of Germans and 22% of patients in the United Kingdom.
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