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Abbasi J. JAMA. 2016;316:698-700.
The presence of medical errors in health care is universally recognized, but the estimated number of preventable adverse events remains controversial. Discussing a controversial study that reported more than 250,000 deaths attributable to medical error occur each year in the United States, this news article offers insights from patient safety leaders regarding the various challenges to identifying and measuring medical error.
Measuring inappropriate medical diagnosis and treatment in survey data: the case of ADHD among school-age children.
Evans WN, Morrill MS, Parente ST. J Health Econ. 2010;29:657-673.
This study discusses diagnostic uncertainty in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, along with the consequences of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
Kuehn BM. JAMA. 2009;301:259-261.
This article summarizes findings of the recent Institute of Medicine report, which advises against resident work shifts of longer than 16 hours without sleep and recommends better supervision of residents to improve patient safety.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. December 16, 2004;9:1-2.
ISMP Medication Safety Alert! Acute Care Edition. December 1, 2004;9:1-3.