Thursday, December 09, 2010
The myth of 98,000 patients
It's been just over a decade since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) dropped a bomb with the publication of its patient safety report To Err is Human. Many believe the report to be a scholarly scientific work. After all, the IOM is a subsidiary of the National Academy of Sciences. In reality it was a massive publicity stunt. Head on over and check out my guest post at Kevin MD (and the interesting comment thread there) where I argue that the report may have done more harm than good for the cause of patient safety.