Public's perceptions of preventable medical errors at odds with physicians'

February 1, 2007

When it comes to the causes of preventable medical errors, the public's perception is somewhat different than those of physicians, according to Modern Physician (12/2006). Citing 2003 data from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the greatest proportion of the public cites the following as very important causes of preventable medical errors:

When it comes to the causes of preventable medical errors, the public's perception is somewhat different than those of physicians, according to Modern Physician (12/2006). Citing 2003 data from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the greatest proportion of the public cites the following as very important causes of preventable medical errors:

In contrast, the greatest proportion of doctors cites not having enough nurses in hospitals (53%) as the top cause of preventable errors-followed by overwork, stress, or fatigue of health professionals (50%). Tied for third place as doctors' most cited cause of preventable errors are: