Patient Safety and Medical Error
63 ballots recorded

"In the last 10 years, many formerly hand-written aspects of patient care have become computerized, from physician entry of treatment orders and prescriptions to patient medical records. Do you think this step from hand-documentation to computerized entry and retrieval will contribute to patient safety and error reduction or introduce more opportunity for error?"
"Reduce error." 59% (37)
"Introduce more opportunity for error." 24% (15)
"Don't know." 11% (7)
"One suggestion for reducing the cost of medical malpractice litigation is the establishment of administrative health courts. In health courts, the decision is reached and compensation assigned by a trained judge, rather than by a jury. The injured party does not need to have a lawyer (but may have one) and must prove only that his or her injury could have been avoided if best practices had been followed, not that the physician was negligent. Compensation is based on the severity of the injury and precedent cases and is capped, meaning that compensation for given injuries cannot exceed given amounts. Which of the following best describes your response to the idea of health courts?"
"It sounds like a good idea. Give it a try." 57% (36)
"It sounds like another way to let doctors who have harmed people off the hook." 2% (1)
"People who have been injured by physicians deserve the right to have their suit tried before a jury." 29% (18)
"Don't know." 8% (5)
"Have you ever received an apology from a physician or medical professional for an adverse treatment outcome?"
"Yes." 10% (6)
"No" 30% (19)
"Have not had an adverse treatment outcome (that I know of)." 52% (33)

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