Why blaming the doctor is unhelpful

In Australia, estimates suggest undesired harmful effects from medication or other intervention such as surgery, known as “adverse events”, occur in around 17% of hospital admissions. This results in up to 18,000 unnecessary deaths and 50,000 temporarily or permanently disabled patients each year.

Over 50% of adverse events are the result of medical error. Harms are physical, financial and psychological.

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