4839.0.55.001 - Health Services: Patient Experiences in Australia, 2009  
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Across Australia, only 55% of people aged 15 years and over who experienced harm or harmful side-effects had been informed of the risk that the harm or side-effect might occur. Slightly more men (57%) than women (53%) had been informed of the risk.

Figure 6.3 shows that people aged 65 to 74 reported the lowest rate of being informed that the harm or harmful side-effects they experienced might occur (42%), while people aged 45 to 64 reported the highest rates (64% and 59% respectively).

6.3 Received information that most recent harm or harmful side-effect could happen (a) (b), by Age

(See Table 6.1 for more detail)

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