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Public perception of medical errors: experiences and risks shared in Australia


Kim, J and Terry, D and Jang, S and Nguyen, H and Gilbert, J and Cruickshank, M, Public perception of medical errors: experiences and risks shared in Australia, Universal Journal of Public Health, 8, (1) pp. 35-41. ISSN 2331-8880 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.13189/ujph.2020.080104


Background: Research into patient safety has largely focused on healthcare organisations bureaucratic routines, with little research available regarding the impact of patient perceptions on clinical practice. Acknowledging and openly discussing patient perceptions of medical errors may result in improved quality of healthcare. The research study aimed to gain a better understanding of the public's perception of medical errors to drive a structured approach to improve healthcare outcomes. Methods: In this study, we examined the public experiences of medical errors using an anonymous on-line survey to collect empirical data from April to December 2018. A total of 407 responses were obtained with 303 participants meeting the criteria for inclusion in the study. Results: The majority (74.9%) of these participants identified that they had experienced a medical error during receiving healthcare in Australia and 73% of these confirmed that they were harmed as a result of these errors. Conclusion: Findings from this study indicate that many participants have experienced medical errors when accessing healthcare in Australia. These findings provide information and a deeper understanding of patient experiences and perceptions of healthcare service delivery which can be used by healthcare organisations to improve healthcare services and promote patient participation in their care.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:patient safety, medical error, public perception, Australia
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Public health not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Jang, S (Dr Sunny Jang)
UTAS Author:Nguyen, H (Dr Hoang Nguyen)
ID Code:142630
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2021-02-02
Last Modified:2021-02-23

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