20 Jul 2011 | Adverse Events
Otago University researchers will examine the records of 300,000 patients from 30 doctor's clinics in the South Island.
Lead researcher Associate Professor Susan Dovey said the $150,000 Health Research Council-funded study would look for events such as medication errors, communication barriers and missed test results.
Health Quality & Safety Commission chairman Professor Alan Merry said New Zealand's primary care was very good, but he welcomed the study.
"The idea behind this kind of work is to get a better idea of what leads to things going wrong and helping to learn how to prevent them."
The full article, from the Dominion Post, is available here.