Dr. Anderson's research explores ways to detect and reduce medical errors that are estimated to account for as many as 251,000 deaths annually in the United States, making medical errors the third leading cause of death. Error rates are significantly higher in the U.S. than in other developed countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the United Kingdom. At the same time , less than 10 percent of medical errors are reported. The results of a series of studies utilizing structural equation modeling and computer simulation will be reviewed to shed light on ways that medical errors can be predicted and prevented.
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