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J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Jan;18(1):61-7.

Measuring errors and adverse events in health care.

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The Center for Clinical Research and Evidence Based Medicine, Division of General Medicine, and Department of Medicine at The University of Texas Houston Medical School, 77030, USA. eric.thomas@uth.tmc.edu

Abstract

In this paper, we identify 8 methods used to measure errors and adverse events in health care and discuss their strengths and weaknesses. We focus on the reliability and validity of each, as well as the ability to detect latent errors (or system errors) versus active errors and adverse events. We propose a general framework to help health care providers, researchers, and administrators choose the most appropriate methods to meet their patient safety measurement goals.

PMID:
12534766
PMCID:
PMC1494808
DOI:
10.1046/j.1525-1497.2003.20147.x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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