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TABLE C-1 Literature Summary


Sample Description

Data Source

General studies of errors and adverse events


Thomas et al., forthcoming 2000

Randomly sampled 15,000 nonpsychiatric 1992 discharges from a representative sample of hospitals in Utah and Colorado.

Chart review by trained nurses and board-certified family practitioners and internists.

Bhasale et al., 1998 Analysing potential harm in Australian general practice

A non-random sample of 324 general practitioners reporting incidents between October 1993 and June 1995.

General practitioner-reported free-text descriptions of incidents and answered fixed-response questions.

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