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July 5, 2000

Deaths Due to Medical Errors Are Exaggerated in Institute of Medicine Report

Author Affiliations

Controversies Section Editor: Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, Deputy Editor.

JAMA. 2000;284(1):93-95. doi:10.1001/jama.284.1.93

The recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report about medical errors1 contains 2 different messages. One is cool and measured, a call for understanding the cause of errors in the health care system and for developing an approach using computerized and other "mechanical" support systems to decrease error rates. We like that message—indeed, we and our many colleagues at the Regenstrief Institute have been implementing it for the last 25 years.2-4