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New survey reveals only 45% of patients feel in control of their health

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A survey by Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF), a global non-profit has found their respondents did not feel in control of their health. 

The survey focused on how the public view on patient safety and preventable medical harm and their understanding of it. Some highlights of the results include:

  • 53.2% knew what the term 'medical error' meant, with only 37% being able to define it
  • 58% worried about medical errors
  • 45.9% of the public felt in control of what happens to their health

The findings of the survey suggest there is still some way to go in educating the public about medical errors and to bring about more awareness on the issue. 

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Source: Business Wire, 07 July 2021

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