Malpractice and Preventable Harm Still Common in Hospitals, New Study Finds

A study of ten hospitals in North Carolina finds a one-in-four chance of being hurt by medical care, a rate that hasn't improved in the ten years since a landmark study said that 100,000 Americans were killed by malpractice and medical error each year.

The new study, published in the nation's leading medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 2,300 randomly chosen admissions in the ten hospitals.

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