Medical students need problem solving training to improve patient safety

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 19 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b186
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    All doctors should be trained in “root cause analysis” as soon as they begin undergraduate medical training to help change the sometimes secretive culture in the profession when mistakes are made, MPs have been told.

    Learning this kind of problem solving discipline early will help produce doctors who are far more likely to admit mistakes and near misses in their practice, the parliamentary Health Select Committee was told this week as part of its inquiry into patient safety.

    Brian Toft, professor of patient safety at Coventry University, told the MPs, “Root cause analysis is being used, but there is evidence that the …

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