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Adverse events reporting in English hospital statistics: Patients should be involved as partners

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7470.857-a (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:857
  1. Joanne M Shaw, director,
  2. Melinda Letts, director,
  3. David Dickinson, chairman (david.dickinson@consumation.com)
  1. Ask About Medicines Week, London SE1 7JN
  2. Ask About Medicines Week, London SE1 7JN

    EDITOR—Dr Foster's case notes on adverse events in hospitals make alarming reading for patients.1 However, evidence shows that involving patients as partners in decisions about and management of drug treatment acts as a safeguard against errors.

    Patients who understand their drug treatment are better placed to …

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