Why the need to reduce medical errors is not obvious.

  title={Why the need to reduce medical errors is not obvious.},
  author={Stephen Buetow},
  journal={Journal of evaluation in clinical practice},
  volume={11 1},
  • Stephen Buetow
  • Published 2005 in Journal of evaluation in clinical practice
According to Leape & Berwick (2000) the need to reduce medical errors is 'obvious and the mandate is clear'. My article questions this assertion. I go beyond the unknown incidence of medical errors in a general medical population to suggest that the meaning of medical errors is itself equivocal. I contest the assumption that the 'wrongness' of medical errors is always problematic, arguing instead for a distinction between desirable errors and undesirable errors. This distinction takes into… CONTINUE READING

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