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Survey Finds One in Five Iowans Experienced Medical Errors, Majority Not Informed

Heartland Health Research Institute (HHRI) has released its Iowa Patient Safety Study: Iowans’ Views on Medical Errors© 2017.  The study, conducted between May-June 2017, is the first-ever survey of Iowans to measure their experiences with medical errors.  A total of 1,010 Iowa adults participated. Survey findings show nearly one in five Iowans say they have had personal experience with medical errors, such as surgical mistakes, wrong diagnoses or incorrect medications. And, in more than half of those cases, medical staff members did not inform the patients.  The majority of the medical errors (59 percent) occurred at the hospital, while 30 percent of errors occurred at the doctor’s office or clinic. Four percent of errors happened in nursing homes.

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