Medication errors: Not just a "few bad apples"

Daren Nicholson, William (Bill) Hersh, Tejal K. Gandhi, Saul N. Weingart, David W. Bates

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Abstract

• Objective: To describe the distribution of medication errors among physicians. • Design: Prospective cohort study. • Participants and setting: 24 physicians from 4 adult primary care practices in Boston, MA. • Measurements: The principal measure was total medication errors per physician. The number of prescriptions written during the study period was also tabulated. • Results: 22 of the 24 physicians made at least 1 error. Although there was 1 outlier, the error rate among this cohort of physicians was evenly distributed. • Conclusion: The wide distribution of errors among this group of physicians undermines the argument that the majority of medication errors are due to a "few bad apples".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-115
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Outcomes Management
Volume13
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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Nicholson, D., Hersh, W. B., Gandhi, T. K., Weingart, S. N., & Bates, D. W. (2006). Medication errors: Not just a "few bad apples". Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 13(2), 114-115.

Medication errors : Not just a "few bad apples". / Nicholson, Daren; Hersh, William (Bill); Gandhi, Tejal K.; Weingart, Saul N.; Bates, David W.

In: Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, 02.2006, p. 114-115.

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Nicholson, D, Hersh, WB, Gandhi, TK, Weingart, SN & Bates, DW 2006, 'Medication errors: Not just a "few bad apples"', Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 114-115.
Nicholson D, Hersh WB, Gandhi TK, Weingart SN, Bates DW. Medication errors: Not just a "few bad apples". Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2006 Feb;13(2):114-115.
Nicholson, Daren ; Hersh, William (Bill) ; Gandhi, Tejal K. ; Weingart, Saul N. ; Bates, David W. / Medication errors : Not just a "few bad apples". In: Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management. 2006 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 114-115.
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