International study finds medical error rates higher in US

Patients in the US are more likely to experience serious medical errors than their counterparts in other industrialized countries, a new Commonwealth Foundation sponsored study published in Health Affairs argues. Researchers found that medical errors are a serious issue from Canada to the UK, but noted that rates are slightly higher in the US. The study also examines international differences in physician-patient communication, pain management, timely access to care, care for patients with chronic diseases and other key areas.

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