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Journal Article
Review

The role of emotion in patient safety: are we brave enough to scratch beneath the surface?

Heyhoe J, Birks Y, Harrison R, et al. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2016;109:52-8.

Health care can be stressful for both providers and the patients. This commentary explores how health care providers' emotional state can affect clinical decision-making and patient safety. The authors suggest strategies to address these issues in training, care delivery, and research.