Journal Article

Resilience and resilience engineering in health care.

Fairbanks RJ; Wears RL; Woods DD; Hollnagel E; Plsek P; Cook RI.

Resilience is a characteristic that enables individuals to adapt to uncertain conditions in their work environment to prevent failure. Summarizing a workshop on how resilience can enhance patient safety, this commentary defines key elements of resilient organizations and provides examples of resilience engineering techniques applied in health care.