David W. Bates, MD, MSc; Atul A. Gawande, MD, MPH
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Bates D., Gawande A.; Error in Medicine: What Have We Learned?. Ann Intern Med. 2000;132:763-767. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-132-9-200005020-00025
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2000;132(9):763-767.
I don't want to make the wrong mistake.
Over the past decade, it has become increasingly apparent that error in medicine is neither rare nor intractable. Traditionally, medicine has downplayed error as a negligible factor in complications from medical intervention. But, as data on the magnitude of error accumulate—and as the public learns more about them—medical leaders are taking the issue seriously. In particular, the recent publication of the Institute of Medicine report has resulted in an enormous increase in attention from the public, the government, and medical leadership (1).
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