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Survey to Collect Primary Data about Medical Errors

Medical Errors: The Scope of the Problem

The November 1999 report of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), entitled, To Error is Human: Building a safer Health System, focused a great deal of attention on the issue of medical errors and patient safety. The report indicated that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as the result of medical errors.

Using the lower estimate, this would make medical errors the eighth leading cause of death in this country higher than motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516). About 7,000 people per year are estimated to die from medication errors alone about 16 percent more deaths than the number attributable to work-related injuries.

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I read through the article and thought of questions that could be in a survey. Some of these have numerical answers and some have qualitative answers. There are 14 questions, so you can get rid of some or combine some if you want.


(1) How many patients were treated in your hospital (or nursing home, office, etc?) in the past year (you could change ...

Solution Summary

The solution contains 14 questions that could be used in a survey. Some of the questions have qualitative answers and some have numerical answers. The questions are grouped in four broad categories.