This study in BMC Medicine aimed to quantify the prevalence, severity and type of preventable medication harm across medical care settings. It is the largest meta-analysis to assess preventable medication harm to date.
The authors found that one in 30 patients are exposed to preventable medication harm in medical care, and more than a quarter of this harm is considered severe or life-threatening. Their results support the World Health Organization’s priority of detecting and mitigating medication-related harm and highlight other potential intervention targets that should be a priority research focus.
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