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Patients as Likely to See Medical Error in Dr.'s Office as in Hospitals

Comstock/Thinkstock(EDUCATION CITY, Qatar) -- A study published in the June 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association says the chances of experiencing injury due to medical error are the same in a doctor's office as in a hospital.

Researchers from the Weill Cornell Medical College compared medical malpractice claims both from doctor's offices and hospitals using the U.S. National Practicioner Data Bank.  They found that the 11,000 total malpractice payments paid by physicians in 2009 was nearly split between hospitals and private practices.

According to the report, doctor's offices tended to produce more errors related to incorrect diagnoses, whereas failed surgical procedures caused the most issues for hospitals.

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