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Harvard Finds Millions Harmed Each Year from Unsafe Medical Care

More than 43 million people are injured worldwide each year due to unsafe medical care, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. These injuries result in the loss of nearly 23 million years of “healthy” life. The findings represent a major new effort to calculate the global burden of unsafe medical care across a range of adverse health events. The study appeared online September 18 in BMJ Quality and Safety. “This is the first attempt to quantify the human suffering that results from unsafe care,” said lead author Dr. Ashish Jha, professor of health policy and management. “We find that millions of people around the world are hurt, disabled, and sometimes even die as a result of medical errors.”