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Being a good enough doctor: we need to talk about acceptable failure rates

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 13 January 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n95
  1. Ebrahim Hassen, specialty doctor, emergency medicine
  1. Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Wrexham LL13 7TD, UK
  1. doctor{at}

I have long had an interest in safe systems and human factors and I am, unfortunately, a perfectionistic rationalist or, stated differently, a pessimist.

Murphy’s law is an observation.

In my experience, errors that result in adverse outcomes are usually a result of a series of minor errors that …

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