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New Horizons in Patient Safety: Understanding Communication: Case Studies for Physicians.

Hannawa AF; Wu AW; Juhasz RS.

Poor communication can contribute to medical error, but incident analysis often fails to identify particular elements of communication associated with the error. This publication discusses factors that influence communication in the medical care process and uses case studies to illustrate how effective communication can help prevent and address close calls and adverse events.