Medical errors and patient safety education: Views of intern doctors

Medical errors and patient safety have become increasingly important in the area of medical research in the
recent years. World health Organization and other international committees have long been recommending
the early integration of education about errors and patient safety in undergraduate and graduate medical
education. To integrate patient safety education into existing curriculum views of the doctors towards patient
safety education is an important issue. This descriptive type of cross sectional study was carried out to explore
the views of intern doctors regarding medical error and patient safety education in undergraduate medical
education of Bangladesh. The study was carried out in seven (three public and four private) medical colleges
of Bangladesh over a period from July 2014 to June 2015. Study population was 400 intern doctors. Data
were collected by self-administered structured questionnaire. The existing curriculum was also reviewed to
find out patient safety issues. The study revealed that the topic medical error and patient safety were mostly
neglected in the curriculum.


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