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Iatrogenic injury, in which patients are unintentionally injured by medical treatment, occurs in 4% of hospital admissions and causes considerable human suffering, financial losses, and waste of healthcare resources. This article discusses why existing quality initiatives have had little impact on iatrogenic injury and suggests an approach to clinical risk modification that may enhance the safety of medical treatment.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Best Pract Benchmarking Healthc

Publication Date

11/1997

Volume

2

Pages

221 - 226

Keywords

Accidents, Hospitals, Humans, Iatrogenic Disease, Malpractice, Medical Errors, Risk Factors, Risk Management, Safety, Total Quality Management, United States