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Med J Aust. 1995 Nov 6;163(9):458-71.

The Quality in Australian Health Care Study.

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  • 1Royal North Shore Hospital, North Sydney, NSW.

Abstract

A review of the medical records of over 14,000 admissions to 28 hospitals in New South Wales and South Australia revealed that 16.6% of these admissions were associated with an "adverse event", which resulted in disability or a longer hospital stay for the patient and was caused by health care management; 51% of the adverse events were considered preventable. In 77.1% the disability had resolved within 12 months, but in 13.7% the disability was permanent and in 4.9% the patient died.

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