The nature of adverse events in hospitalized patients. Results of the Harvard Medical Practice Study II.

@article{Leape1991TheNO,
  title={The nature of adverse events in hospitalized patients. Results of the Harvard Medical Practice Study II.},
  author={Lucian Leape and Troyen A. Brennan and Nan M. Laird and Ann G. Lawthers and A. Russell Localio and B A Barnes and Liesi E Hebert and Joseph Newhouse and P C Weiler and Howard H. Hiatt},
  journal={The New England journal of medicine},
  year={1991},
  volume={324 6},
  pages={377-84}
}
BACKGROUND In a sample of 30,195 randomly selected hospital records, we identified 1133 patients (3.7 percent) with disabling injuries caused by medical treatment. We report here an analysis of these adverse events and their relation to error, negligence, and disability. METHODS Two physician-reviewers independently identified the adverse events and evaluated them with respect to negligence, errors in management, and extent of disability. One of the authors classified each event according to… CONTINUE READING
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