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Error and safety in primary care: no clear boundaries

Jacobson, Lionel, Elwyn, Glyn ORCID:, Robling, Michael Richard ORCID: and Tudor Jones, Rhiannedd 2003. Error and safety in primary care: no clear boundaries. Family Practice 20 (3) , pp. 237-241. 10.1093/fampra/cmg302

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This paper examines the notions of adverse events, error, critical incidents and safety from the specific viewpoint of primary care. We conclude that each term can be defined, but existing work which we reviewed uses many of the terms interchangeably. We recognise that trying to access medical error objectively within primary care can be problematic. Regardless of definitions, reflection on critical incidents, adverse events or other notable events is important, but requires time and resources to be conducted effectively.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0263-2136
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2022 09:10

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