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November 1, 2000

How Many Deaths Are Due to Medical Errors?—Reply

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

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

In Reply: One of the important contributions of the MPS1 is a practical measuring "instrument" for adverse events, both avoidable and unavoidable. We think that this is an important and useful instrument. However, underlying our article was the same question that Dr Hughes raises—to what degree does this method reflect what an average person or even a health professional would consider an error?

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