International Study 'Primary Care International Study on Medical Errors' (PCISME)
108th German Medical Assembly
Patient safety is high on the agenda [PDF]
The study is based on voluntary, internet-based error reports from 100 family practices in seven countries (Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Netherlands, UK and Germany; Study coordination S. Dovey Austr./NZ 2001/02).
Information on the concept and results of the German part of the study can be found in German in the following articles that appeared in the medical journal Zeitschrift für Allgemeinmedizin (2003):
- "Errors in general practice - Results of the international PCISME study in Germany" [PDF]
- "Learning from mistakes" [PDF]
Amongst other sources, results from other countries can be found in:
- Rosser W et al. Medical errors in primary care - Results of an international study of family practice. Can Fam Physician 2005;51:386-387 [PDF]
- Tilyard et al. Avoiding and fixing medical errors in general practice: prevention strategies reported in the Linnaeus Collaboration's Primary Care International Study of Medical Errors. NZMJ 2005;118
The error reporting and learning system www.jeder-fehler-zaehlt.de was a further development of the internet-based instrument that was first used in the PCISME study [mehr].