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Intolerance of error and culture of blame drive medical excess.

Hoffman JR, Kanzaria HK. Intolerance of error and culture of blame drive medical excess. BMJ. 2014;349(oct14 3). doi:10.1136/bmj.g5702.

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October 29, 2014
Hoffman JR, Kanzaria HK. BMJ. 2014;349(oct14 3).

Lack of acceptance for human error and uncertainty have been known to contribute to overdiagnosis and overuse that may result in patient harm. This commentary explains why medical liability reform alone is not sufficient to address this issue. The authors suggest that both professionals and patients will need to adjust their expectations of failures in order to achieve behavior change.

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Hoffman JR, Kanzaria HK. Intolerance of error and culture of blame drive medical excess. BMJ. 2014;349(oct14 3). doi:10.1136/bmj.g5702.