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November 1, 2000

How Many Deaths Are Due to Medical Errors?

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2000 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2000

JAMA. 2000;284(17):2187. doi:10.1001/jama.284.17.2184

To the Editor: Dr McDonald and colleagues1 and Dr Leape2 discussed the recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report about medical errors.3 I am concerned, however, that deaths due to errors may mean different things to different people.

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