“Older adults report frequently mishearing clinicians” – STATNews Morning Rounds

“Another effect of age-related hearing loss: problems understanding what your clinician is telling you.


“In a new survey of 100 older adults, 43 of them said they had misheard a physician, nurse, or both during either a primary care visit or hospital stay. The study did not look at whether any of these miscommunications caused medical errors, but the authors noted that the prevalence of errors goes up among older patients, and communication issues are considered to be a leading cause of errors.” – STATNews

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