Medication errors: Not just a "few bad apples"

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

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• 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
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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