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Incidence and types of adverse events and negligent care in Utah and Colorado.
BACKGROUND The ongoing debate on the incidence and types of iatrogenic injuries in American hospitals has been informed primarily by the Harvard Medical Practice Study, which analyzedExpand
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Risk Factors for Retained Instruments and Sponges after Surgery
Background Risk factors for medical errors remain poorly understood. We performed a case–control study of retained foreign bodies in surgical patients in order to identify risk factors for this typeExpand
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Claims, errors, and compensation payments in medical malpractice litigation.
BACKGROUND In the current debate over tort reform, critics of the medical malpractice system charge that frivolous litigation--claims that lack evidence of injury, substandard care, or both--isExpand
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Costs of medical injuries in Utah and Colorado.
Patient injuries are thought to have a substantial financial impact on the health care system, but recent studies have been limited to estimating the costs of adverse drug events in teachingExpand
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National costs of the medical liability system.
Concerns about reducing the rate of growth of health expenditures have reignited interest in medical liability reforms and their potential to save money by reducing the practice of defensiveExpand
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Defensive medicine among high-risk specialist physicians in a volatile malpractice environment.
CONTEXT How often physicians alter their clinical behavior because of the threat of malpractice liability, termed defensive medicine, and the consequences of those changes, are central questions inExpand
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Missed and Delayed Diagnoses in the Ambulatory Setting: A Study of Closed Malpractice Claims
Context Efforts to reduce medical errors and improve patient safety have not generally addressed errors in diagnosis. As with treatment, diagnosis involves complex, fragmented processes within healthExpand
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Incidence, patterns, and prevention of wrong-site surgery.
HYPOTHESIS We hypothesized that wrong-site surgery is infrequent and that a substantial proportion of such incidents are not preventable by current site-verification protocols. DESIGN Case seriesExpand
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Analysis of errors reported by surgeons at three teaching hospitals.
BACKGROUND Little is known of the factors that underlie surgical errors. Incident reporting has been proposed as a method of obtaining information about medical errors to help identify such factors.Expand
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