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Sources of unsafe primary care for older adults: a mixed-methods analysis of patient safety incident reports.

Cooper A, Edwards A, Williams H, et al. Sources of unsafe primary care for older adults: a mixed-methods analysis of patient safety incident reports. Age Ageing. 2017;46(5):833-839. doi:10.1093/ageing/afx044.

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June 7, 2017
Cooper A, Edwards A, Williams H, et al. Age Ageing. 2017;46:833-839.

According to this mixed-methods analysis of 8 years of data, the most common voluntarily reported incidents involving older primary care patients in England and Wales were related to medication errors and inadequate communication between providers. Many of these errors occurred during the transition home after hospital discharge. These data provide targets for further research to develop methods for improving safety in ambulatory care.

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Cooper A, Edwards A, Williams H, et al. Sources of unsafe primary care for older adults: a mixed-methods analysis of patient safety incident reports. Age Ageing. 2017;46(5):833-839. doi:10.1093/ageing/afx044.