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Survey Finds Public Supports Mandatory Reporting of Errors

Magazine article Drug Topics

Survey Finds Public Supports Mandatory Reporting of Errors

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Three out of four Americans believe the federal government should require health-care providers to report all serious medical errors so the information is publicly available, according to a new national survey Most of the rest support voluntary reporting to protect staff and patient privacy.

The more than 2,000 Americans polled by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality also indicated they were more concerned about mistakes happening when they were in the hands of the health-care system than in a pharmacy or on an airplane. Nearly half said they were "very concerned" about an error resulting in injury to them or a family member, compared with about a third each for getting an Rx filled at a pharmacy or traveling on a commercial airliner. Some 6% reported that within the past year they had personally suffered injury from a medical error. Large majorities said data on medical errors (71%) and malpractice suits (70%) would be the biggest help in determining the quality of providers. …

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