Half of all harm caused by medical care is preventable

By | July 18, 2019
Preventable harm sometimes occurs during surgery

Preventable harm sometimes occurs during surgery

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About half of all harm that comes to patients as a result of medical care is preventable, according to a review of 70 studies involving more than 330,000 patients in hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care facilities around the world.

Maria Panagioti at the University of Manchester, UK, and her colleagues found that about 12 per cent of people experience either physical, emotional or social harm while seeking medical care, and about 6 per cent overall experienced harm that was preventable.

Most studies classified patient harm as …

New Scientist – Health