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Iatrogenic

Iatrogenic is an affect due to the activity of a physician or therapy. For example, an iatrogenic illness is an illness that is caused by a medication or physician.

Some iatrogenic effects are clearly defined and easily recognized, such as a complication following a surgical procedure (e.g., lymphedema as a result of breast cancer surgery). Less obvious ones, such as complex drug interactions, may require significant investigation to identify.

While some have advocated using ‘iatrogenesis’ to refer to all ‘events caused by the health care delivery team’, whether ‘positive or negative’, consensus limits use of ‘iatrogenesis’ to adverse, or, most broadly, to unintended outcomes.


 

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