Table 5

Changes in practice described by respondents following mistakes (n=114)

Change in practiceNo (%)*
* Includes those who agreed strongly or somewhat. Respondents could agree with more than one change.
Constructive changes:
Increased information seeking
    Seek more advice71 (62)
    Ask peers68 (60)
    Ask superiors64 (56)
    Read62 (54)
    Ask for references30 (26)
Increased vigilance
    Pay more attention to detail93 (82)
    Personally confirm data82 (72)
    Change organization of data59 (52)
    Trust others’ judgment less56 (49)
Defensive changes:
Keep mistakes to self15 (13)
Avoid similar patients 7 (6)