By David Mittleman

“To Err is Human” Report Statistics Widely Accepted and Cited

In 1999 when the Institute of Medicine published the “To Err is Human” Report (pdf) citing that 98,000 Americans die each year from medical mistakes, the medical community disparaged the report. However, the number is widely accepted by doctors and has been cited repeatedly in the media. But what if the number is even higher than the report suggested? Well, it looks like that could be the case, according to a new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

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