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Incident reporting: rare incidents may benefit from national problem solving
  1. Ann-Marie Howell1,
  2. Elaine M Burns2,
  3. Louise Hull3,
  4. Erik Mayer1,
  5. Nick Sevdalis4,
  6. Ara Darzi1
  1. 1Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Biosurgery and Surgical Technology, Imperial College London, London, UK
  3. 3Division of Surgery, Imperial College London, London, UK
  4. 4Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, London, UK Health Service and Population Research, Centre for Implementation Science, King's College, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ann-Marie Howell, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College, London W2 1NY, UK; a.howell{at}imperial.ac.uk

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We would like to congratulate the authors on the pragmatic nationwide approach that they have adopted in Denmark to address the key issues around incident reporting. Rabol and colleagues1 highlight again the challenges of collecting and meaningfully using such data.

Though experts in Denmark have drawn many of the same conclusions reached in our Delphi exercise,2 it is interesting that our findings differed on the usefulness of incident reports to detect rare events. The Danish Society concluded that rare events are difficult to detect due to deficiencies in data mining and that efforts …

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