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9% reported medication/medical errors. Of these, 20% reported poorly co-ordinated care (increasing the likelihood of error by 160%) and 17% reported cost-related barriers (increasing the likelihood of error by 90%).

Netherlands: 1,557 patients, average age 55, 59% female

12% reported medication/medical errors. Of these, 35% reported poorly co-ordinated care (increasing the likelihood of error by 200%) and 30% reported cost-related barriers (increasing the likelihood of error by 50%).

Other factors that increased the overall risk included:

?      Seeing two or more specialists (Australia, Canada, USA, Netherlands)

?      Being hospitalised in the last two years (Australia, Canada, USA, Netherlands)

?      Paying two or more emergency room visits (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Germany, Netherlands)

?      Having two or more chronic illnesses (Canada, UK, USA)

?      Suffering from depression (USA, UK, Germany)

?      Having diabetes or cancer (Canada)

?      Being aged 18 to 29 rather than 65 plus (Canada, USA, Netherlands).

"The two key factors that determined medical errors were poor care coordination and cost-related barriers" says Dr Lu. "One interesting finding is that a notable proportion of patients reported cost-related barriers, even in countries where there is universal healthcare coverage. 

"We believe that our findings provide important information for clinicians and policy makers alike and could help to reduce medical and medication errors."

Source: onlinelibrary.wiley/doi/10.1111/j.1742-1241.2011.02671.x/pdf