How To Minimise Mistakes

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Author (s): Dr Ifan Lewis and Dr Mark Stacey

The role of human factors in healthcare has long been recognised and has been studied in detail over the past decade due to its potential to explain the phenomena associated with errors and mistakes in clinical settings.  Work started in the early 90's and has flourished since then.  To name just a few, Harvard (Brennan et al, 1991) and later the OWAM (Department of Health 2000) studies highlighted the role of human factors in patient harm.  This How To paper aims to explore a few basic concepts surrounding error and bias.  Having an awareness of pitfalls in our own performance allows us to train to mitigate these factors and to minimise mistakes.

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