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A preliminary taxonomy of medical errors in family practice.

Dovey SM, Meyers DS, Phillips RL, et al. A preliminary taxonomy of medical errors in family practice. Qual Saf Health Care. 2002;11(3):233-8.

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March 6, 2005
Dovey SM, Meyers DS, Phillips RL, et al. Qual Saf Health Care. 2002;11:233-8.

Efforts to improve patient safety have focused primarily on hospital-based medicine. Important differences exist between hospital-based care and primary care. The authors examine detailed accounts submitted to medical error reporting systems used by family practitioners with the goal of creating a classification system for errors specific to primary care medicine. The authors developed a taxonomy of errors that includes administrative systems, laboratory and diagnostic imaging processes, medication errors, and knowledge and skill deficits.

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Dovey SM, Meyers DS, Phillips RL, et al. A preliminary taxonomy of medical errors in family practice. Qual Saf Health Care. 2002;11(3):233-8.