Exploring the Harmful Effects of Health Care


The following is an extract of an article published in JAMA that discusses the healthcare delivery system:
“While various forms of harm resulting from health care are well known, the full nature of such harm and the magnitude of health care’s aggregate adverse health effects deserve more exploration. On balance, the data remain imprecise, and the benefits that US health care currently deliver may not outweigh the aggregate health harm it imparts. In this Commentary, we discuss potential harms from health care, suggest a taxonomy for health care harm, and suggest that investigators start addressing this issue.”


Journal of the American Medical Association


JAMA. 2009;302(1):89-91.

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Journal Article


Charles M. Kilo, MD, MPH; Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH

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