Findings of a new Wolters Kluwer Health survey were recently released that indicate nearly one in three Americans (30 percent) report that they or a family member or friend has experienced medical mistakes in their lifetimes.
The survey was conducted by IPOS and taken among 1,000 U.S. consumers who are 18 years old and older.
These medical mistakes include:
- Being given the wrong dosage or treatment
- Being prescribed or given the wrong medication
- Being misdiagnosed by their doctors
The survey shows that females are more concerned about medical errors than men, with 76 percent of women compared to 68 percent of men showing concerns. Additionally, those in the age group 35-54 were more concerned (76 percent) over those younger at 66 percent.
The survey also reports that 73 percent of Americans are concerned about medical errors, and 45 percent say they are very concerned about the possibility of medical mistakes. About 35 percent of those surveyed believe mistakes occur due to communication errors, followed by professionals being in a hurry (36 percent), fatigued staff at 14 percent, and staff shortages at 12 percent.
Interestingly enough, survey results indicate that Americans have confidence in technology to help minimize medical errors. For instance, 68 percent of those surveyed indicated that, as the medical field adopts new technologies, medical mistakes should decrease.
The survey is clear that consumers are concerned about medical mistakes, medication errors, and wrong dosages given to patients.