Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, with over 400,000 deaths every year. Medical error as the cause of death has been underestimated because medical error is not a category of cause of death stated in death certificates.
21% of adults in the United States report having personally experienced a medical error. 31% report that someone else whose care they were closely involved with experienced a medical error. From 2005 to 2015, there were 148,909 medical malpractice payments in the United States reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank.
The most commonly reported medical errors are related to diagnosis and patient-provider communications. When medical errors do occur, they often have lasting impact on the patient’s physical health, emotional health, financial well-being, and family relationships.
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