This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
The practice of medicine integrates lessons learned from both successes and failures. Because physicians receive negative feedback for their failures, they acknowledge mistakes less readily than successes. Physicians, therefore, may often miss opportunities for learning from their mistakes. This negative feedback may also partially explain why so few books address the issue of mistakes in medical care.
Minimizing Medical Mistakes begins by dividing undesirable medical results into bad outcomes and mistakes. Bad outcomes imply that we would not have done things differently, whereas mistakes imply that we should have done things differently.
Mistakes are further divided into errors of ignorance
Learn more about subscription options.
Register Now for a free account.
Minimizing Medical Mistakes: The Art of Medical Decision Making. Ann Intern Med. 1991;115:581. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-115-7-581_2
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(7):581.
Results provided by:
Copyright © 2017 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use
This PDF is available to Subscribers Only