Higher error in certain groups?

Ross Koppel rkoppel at SAS.UPENN.EDU
Mon Sep 29 12:40:49 UTC 2014


My guess is that health care professionals get better and safer care 
than most patients, /in general/.  The perceived "higher rates" of 
errors are a reflection of health care professionals ability to notice 
errors that occur to many patients.


Ross Koppel, Ph.D. FACMI
Sociology Dept and Sch. of Medicine
Senior Fellow, LDI, Wharton
University of Pennsylvania, Phila, PA 19104-6299
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On 9/28/2014 6:07 PM, Hoffer, Edward P.,M.D. wrote:
> Anecdotes abound - doctors and nurses caring for health care professionals, particularly those they know and/or who work at their institution, often cut corners or avoid unpleasant procedures. While this is intended as kindness, it often means appropriate care is withheld.
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> Whether anecdotes truly reflect reality, I have no way of knowing.
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> Ed
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> Edward P Hoffer MD, FACP
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> Robert,
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> That is an interesting idea. How would it work?
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> I suspect that HCPs are simply more likely to detect errors than less (health-care-) educated patients. I'd be interested in data, though, or a plan to gather the evidence.
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> Terry Graedon, PhD
> The People's Pharmacy
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> On Sep 26, 2014, at 10:46 PM, Robert Bell <rmsbell at ESEDONA.NET> wrote:
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>> I have the idea that HCPs, particularly physicians, are more like to be exposed to errors in medicine when they are patients.
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>> Is there any truth to this and, also are there other groups of patients that are more likely to be involved in errors when patients?
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>> Rob Bell, M.D.
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