Improving patient safety: moving beyond the "hype" of medical errors

Forster, Alan J.; Shojania, Kaveh G.; Van Walraven, Carl
October 2005
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/11/2005, Vol. 173 Issue 8, p893
Academic Journal
Addresses the need to improve patient safety. Percentage of hospitalizations that were associated with adverse events according to a Canadian Adverse Event Study; Requirements for evaluating adverse events; Methods in determining the presence of an adverse events; Barrier to measuring the clinical impact of adverse events.


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