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Iatrogenic illness on a general medical service at a university hospital.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7453741     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We found that 36% of 815 consecutive patients on a general medical service of a university hospital had an iatrogenic illness. In 9% of all persons admitted, the incident was considered major in that it threatened life or produced considerable disability. In 2% of the 815 patients, the iatrogenic illness was believed to contribute to the death of the patient. Exposure to drugs was a particularly important factor in determining which patients had complications. Given the increasing number and complexity of diagnostic procedures and therapeutic agents, monitoring of untoward events is essential, and attention should be paid to educational efforts to reduce the risks of iatrogenic illness.
K Steel; P M Gertman; C Crescenzi; J Anderson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New England journal of medicine     Volume:  304     ISSN:  0028-4793     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Engl. J. Med.     Publication Date:  1981 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1981-03-27     Completed Date:  1981-03-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0255562     Medline TA:  N Engl J Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  638-42     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Concurrent Review*
Drug Therapy / adverse effects
Hospitals, University
Iatrogenic Disease* / economics,  prevention & control
Length of Stay
Middle Aged
Utilization Review*
Grant Support
5 R21 AG 01178/AG/NIA NIH HHS; AG 00060/AG/NIA NIH HHS

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