Doctors Are More Dangerous Than Gun Owners: A Rejoinder to Error Counting

  title={Doctors Are More Dangerous Than Gun Owners: A Rejoinder to Error Counting},
  author={Sidney W. A. Dekker},
  journal={Human factors},
  volume={49 2},
OBJECTIVE This paper analyzes some of the problems with error counting as well as the difficulty of proposing viable alternatives. BACKGROUND Counting and tabulating negatives (e.g., errors) are currently popular ways to measure and help improve safety in a variety of domains. They uphold an illusion of rationality and control but may offer neither real insight nor productive routes for improving safety. METHOD The paper conducts a critical analysis of assumptions underlying error counting… CONTINUE READING
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