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Study into medical errors planned for the UK

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 23 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1091
  1. Jane Smith
  1. BMJ

    Investigators are seeking £1.2m to fund research into injuries caused by medical mismanagement in UK hospitals. Similar studies in New York, Colorado and Utah, and Australia have shown rates of adverse events caused by medical mismanagement of 3.7-10.6% of all admissions. A pilot study in London showed a rate of 6.7%.

    The British study will use methods similar to those used in the US and Australian studies and the same definition of an adverse event—an injury caused by medical mismanagement that …

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