Doctors should receive compulsory training on human error, MPs told

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2698
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    NHS staff should have compulsory training in “human factors” and non-technical skills as part of a drive to boost patient safety, MPs have been told.

    Knowledge of human factors is crucial to maintain patient safety, the MPs in the parliamentary health select committee were told this week, as part of their inquiry into patient safety.

    Giving evidence was Martin Bromiley, chairman of the clinical human factors group, an independent charity that comprises academics and clinicians who are experts in human factors, who aim to identify and promote best practice to improve patient safety.

    Mr Bromiley, an airline pilot, has personal experience because …

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