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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

versión On-line ISSN 1669-9106

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CODERMATZ, Marcela A.; TRILLO, Carolina; BERENSTEIN, Graciela  y  ORTIZ, Zulma. Surveillance of health care errors: An overview of the published data in Argentina. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2006, vol.66, n.5, pp. 427-432. ISSN 1669-9106.

In the last decades, public health surveillance extended its scope of study to new fields, such as medical errors, in order to improve patient safety. This study was aimed to review all the evidence produced in Argentina about the surveillance of medical errors. An exhaustive literature search was performed. A total of 4656 abstracts were assessed (150 MEDLINE, 145 LILACS, and 4361 hand searched abstracts). Of them, 52 were analysed and 8 were considered relevant for health care error surveillance. Different approaches were used to study medical errors. Some of them have focused on patient safety and others on medical malpractice. There is still a need to improve the surveillance of this type of event. Mainly, the quality reports of study design and surveillance attributes were unclear. A critical appraisal and synthesis of all relevant studies on health care errors may help to understand not only the state of the art, but also to define research priorities.

Palabras llave : Epidemiologic surveillance; Medical errors; Medication errors; Diagnostic errors; Adverse effects; Systematic review.

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