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August 14, 2002

How Best to Improve Patient Safety?—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;288(6):697-698. doi:10.1001/jama.288.6.693

In Reply: Dr Thomas provides an example of the challenges terminology poses for communication among people approaching the patient safety field from different backgrounds. Following Leape et al,1 Thomas defines an adverse event as "preventable" when it is due to some type of error. Leape et al elaborated that "preventability implies that methods for averting a given injury are known and that an (adverse event) results from failure to apply that knowledge."

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