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Minimizing Medical Mistakes: The Art of Medical Decision Making

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Riegelman Richard K.. . 228 pages. Boston: : Little, Brown and Company; ; 1991.. $24.50.

Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(7):581. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-7-581_2
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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


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