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‘Driven to distraction’ and driving for excellence in ward round practice
  1. Philip Pucher1,
  2. Rajesh Aggarwal2
  1. 1 Department of Surgery, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Philip Pucher, Department of Surgery, Imperial College London, 10th floor QEQM Building, St Mary's Hospital, South Wharf Road, London W2 1NY, UK; p.pucher{at}

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It is with great interest that we read the recent publication by Thomas et al 1 investigating ward-based patient care. They describe a study in which 28 medical students were randomised to either control (no intervention) or intervention (performance feedback and error management training) groups, performing simulated ward rounds complicated by environmental distractors. Significant reductions in errors were seen in both groups from the first to the second ward round, with a significantly greater reduction seen in the intervention group.

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