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Two cultures in modern science and technology: for safety and validity does medicine have to update?

Becker RE. Two cultures in modern science and technology: for safety and validity does medicine have to update? J Patient Saf. 2020;16(1). doi:10.1097/pts.0000000000000260.

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April 1, 2020
Becker RE. J Patient Saf. 2020;16(1).
This commentary explores two scientific cultures in modern medicine. A ‘traditional culture’ leaves error control up to individuals and groups of healthcare practitioners; the author describes how this culture leads to an overconfidence among practitioners about personal abilities to reduce errors. In contrast, a ‘modern scientific culture’ considers errors as inevitable and pervasive throughout medicine and beyond individuals or groups to control. The author describes the competing priorities of these cultures, and suggests that error control efforts in medicine will be more successful if there is a paradigm shift towards a more ‘modern’ attitude.
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Becker RE. Two cultures in modern science and technology: for safety and validity does medicine have to update? J Patient Saf. 2020;16(1). doi:10.1097/pts.0000000000000260.