Journal Article
Commentary

Patient safety is not elective: a debate at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress.

McTiernan P; Wachter RM; Meyer GS; Gandhi TK.

Past commentaries have explored the tension between balancing no blame and individual accountability for medical errors. This commentary summarizes a debate exploring accountability in patient safety, with one argument describing the need for health care to differentiate individual failures from systems problems and an opposing perspective suggesting that incorporating blame would hinder progress in patient safety.