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BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:71
  1. Harvey Marcovitch, BMJ syndication editor (

    An error reporting system in general practice

    Ten UK general practices successfully carried out a trial of an error reporting scheme. The error rate was 75.6/1000 appointments. Most were administrative (missing casenotes, computer failure) and only 3% were clinical—mostly inaccurate notekeeping but including erroneous drug dosages. Sixty eight per cent of practice staff found the system acceptable. The next steps are to evaluate sensitivity, specificity, and stability and to establish whether such a scheme could be an agent for change.

    Qual Saf Health Care 2003;12: 443-7

    Helicobacter is worth eradicating in reflux oesophagitis

    A randomised controlled trial of long term omeprazole alone or with the addition of one week's triple therapy has shown that eradicating Helicobacter pylori eliminates gastric mucosal inflammation and provokes corpus glandular atrophy to regress. These findings are important as most cases of gastric cancer occur on a background of chronic …

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