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- Tim Wilson, general practitioner and policy analyst (Tim.Wilson@doh.gsi.gov.uk)
- strategy unit, Department of Health
As with so many before them, Wachter and Shojania, practising doctors in the United States, start their book with a prologue outlining their own involvement in patient safety issues. It seems that everyone must undergo a public catharsis before they are able to talk about safety and harm. It was thus, with this formulaic confession, that I was immediately put off this book, assuming that it would not add much to the safety literature. However, as soon as I realised that this book was not for people like me—safety junkies—or even directed at clinicians without a special interest in the field, but for patients, my interest was rekindled.
How would the authors explain this complex field to patients? Rather well in my opinion. Overall they capture the difficult issues involved, including …