Issue Brief

No. 740

Reducing Medical Error: Can You Be As Safe in a Hospital As You Are in a Jet?
May 14, 1999


Lisa Sprague, MBA


This issue brief looks at the incidence of error in the health care system, opportunities for a systems-based approach to error reduction, and changes needed in health system culture and training. The lessons of human factors research are considered, with examples of their application in the aviation industry. The paper reviews some error-reduction and patient-safety initiatives undertaken by private-sector organizations and by the Veterans Health Administration.

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