Higher error in certain groups?

Robert Bell rmsbell at ESEDONA.NET
Mon Sep 29 14:37:09 UTC 2014


Is there one group of hospitals in the world that has the answer to this?

Irrespective of not knowing about the error rate of HCPs, if we knew tomorrow about the main groups we could better focus on the problem and DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT?

As quoted in the Consumer Reports (May 2014) John James of Patient Safety America estimates that 440,000 die each year after suffering a medical error.

Before we do anything about solving diagnostic dilemmas should we first demand good facts?

Would greater activism help the cause?

Rob Bell, M.D.

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On Sep 28, 2014, at 3:07 PM, "Hoffer, Edward P.,M.D." <EHOFFER at MGH.HARVARD.EDU> 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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