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Journal Article

Classification of patient-safety incidents in primary care.

Cooper J, Williams H, Hibbert P, et al. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2018;96:498-505.

The World Health Organization International Classification for Patient Safety enables measurement of safety incident severity. In this study, researchers describe how they adapted the system to primary care. Their harm severity classification emphasizes psychological harm, hospitalizations, near misses, and uncertain outcomes in addition to traditional markers of harm.