A study in Australia concluded that medical errors are the third largest cause of death in Australia (about 14,000 deaths), whilst a further 25,000 to 30,000 people develop medical complications as a result of medical errors. Of the 2,83 million Australians that visit the hospital every year, an estimated 450,000 patients become victims of medical errors of one form or another. Medical errors may include among others, poor nursing and inadequate patient supervision, medical misdiagnosis, errors during surgery, and lax hospital administration, such as complacency with medical files/records of patients.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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