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How Many Specialists Report Medical Errors?

In national survey, 45 percent of specialists reported that a medical error had occurred in their practice in the past six months. Of the reported errors, which included medication errors, testing errors, surgical planning errors and judgment errors, 37 percent caused major injury or harm, and 4 percent were fatal. Both adults and children were affected, and younger physicians were more likely than physicians over age 50 to report errors (approximately 60 percent versus 40 percent). Other...

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