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Experts assess progress in patient safety, reducing errors

Failure to improve provider working conditions, recognize emerging patient complications and communicate concerns among staff are some of the current patient safety issues, according to experts at a forum held to assess progress made since release of the 1999 report "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System." "Everyone agrees we haven't made as much progress as we'd like to make [with reducing medical errors], and the improvements have been uneven," said Linda Aiken, director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.

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