Higher error in certain groups?

Ruth Ryan rryan at LAMMICO.COM
Mon Sep 29 13:30:29 UTC 2014

Dear Dr. Bell,

Interesting question.

If you mean all medical error, not just diagnostic error, I would guess the patient with more conditions, more encounters in more settings, more fragmented care with more providers is the most likely to be the subject of medical error. The same would be generally true of diagnostic error but with possibly more provisos.  I would guess there is more diagnostic error in the hospital setting than ambulatory simply because the hospitalized patient population is sicker, has more diagnoses, more cascading conditions, more complications, more sequelae to be diagnosed.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Bell [mailto:rmsbell at ESEDONA.NET]
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 9:46 PM
Subject: Higher error in certain groups?

I have the idea that HCPs, particularly physicians, are more like to be exposed to errors in medicine when they are patients.

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?

Rob Bell, M.D.

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