After years of work by the healthcare arena, some now believe that medical errors in our system are on the decline. A recent publication in JAMA claims medical errors may have decreased by 16.6% from 2010 to 2014. Do you agree that the number of medical errors is on the decline?
Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, co-author Richard Kronick of UC San Diego cited several recent studies of Medicare patient data to show that after decades of concern over preventable mistakes, avoidable patient harm in hospitals seems to be decreasing. “I think we can demonstrate clearly that we have made substantial progress in improving patient safety and that there is a lot of work left to be done,” said Kronick, a professor at the university and former director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Members of the association conducted the analyses showing better performance within the Medicare population. The opinion piece said by some estimates, the rate of medical errors dropped by 16.6 percent between 2010 and 2014.