Disability and death caused by preventable medical harm is equal to that caused by multiple sclerosis or cervical cancer in developed countries.
In two surveys, the people most likely to say they had failed to disclose medically relevant information to their health care providers were women, younger people, and those who reported that they were in poor health.
Doctors who report symptoms of burnout — overwhelming exhaustion, feelings of cynicism and detachment from the job — are twice as likely to make a major medical error as their non-burned-out peers, the study found.
Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States calls a poison control center about a medication error, a rate that has increased 100 percent since 2000.
Only heart disease and cancer take more American lives, say the study’s authors.