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Medical errors: Are they really the third-leading cause of death?

from By Christina Thielst

A 1999 Institute of Medicine report focused national attention on patient safety and preventable medical errors. The report estimated that 44,000 to 98,000 deaths annually were due to medical error. A re-analysis of the same data was recently conducted by Johns Hopkins University researchers, and their estimates determined medical errors to now be the third-leading cause of death in the United States. This has some clinicians questioning their methods. more


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