A new US survey finds that 21% of adults have personally experienced a medical error, and 31% report they have been involved with the care of someone who has experienced an error. The nationwide survey of more than 2,500 adults was conducted by NORC from May 12–June 26, 2017. The IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute worked with NORC at the University of Chicago to come up with the findings, which also show outpatient settings and diagnostic-related issues as the most common sites and sources of error. While most of those directly impacted by a medical error say there were long-term physical, emotional, and financial consequences, they also see themselves playing a greater role in reporting events and making care safer.
- New Survey Looks at Patient Experiences with Medical Error. IHI. September 28, 2017.