By Joanne Finnegan @ Fierce Healthcare

Nearly half of family-reported errors aren’t documented in hospital medical records, according to a new study that asked parents of hospitalized children about mistakes and adverse events. The study, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics, found that when hospitals included families in systematic surveillance, overall error detection rates increased by 16% and adverse error detection rates by 10%.

“Our results suggest that whether we are talking about safety surveillance research or operational hospital quality improvement and safety tracking efforts, families should be included in safety reporting,” lead study author Alisa Khan, M.D., a researcher at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, told Reuters.

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