Alan J. Forster, MD, FRCPC, MSc; David W. Bates, MD, MSc
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Forster AJ, Bates DW. Adverse Events following Discharge from the Hospital. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:232-233. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-140-3-200402030-00022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2004;140(3):232-233.
We apologize to Dr. Rifas, and other readers, who had the misimpression that we were suggesting that adverse events postdischarge were “simply due to stupid doctors.” We strongly agree that preventable adverse events occur primarily because of systems issues (1). Our intent was to try to shed light on the extent of a problem that we feel is the result of changes in the health system, specifically the increasing fragmentation and complexity of care. Certainly, the unnecessarily complicated rules that patients face regarding health insurance reimbursements, which Dr. Rifas and Drs. Leff and Boult rightly underscore, contribute to this problem.
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