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  1. Tim Albert

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    Q: How can we use mistakes to improve health care?

    Two British psychologists gave 315 health professionals a number of short scenarios describing various errors and asked them how likely they were to report each incident.

    • All were reluctant to report adverse events to a superior.

    • Doctors were more reluctant to report them than nurses or midwives.

    • All were more likely to report them when a protocol had been violated and the outcome had been bad.


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    The authors conclude that the NHS should look to other organisations, such as Shell Petroleum and British Airways, where more proactive systems of error management are used.

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    “The importance of using all types of error to bring about safer care needs …

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