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Journal Article

Validating domains of patient contextual factors essential to preventing contextual errors: a qualitative study conducted at Chicago area Veterans Health Administration sites.

Binns-Calvey AE, Malhiot A, Kostovich CT, et al. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2017;92:1287-1293.

Contextual errors can occur when health care providers fail to consider a patient's individual context, such as limited literacy, when making a treatment plan. This qualitative study of clinicians identified 12 types of contextual errors that can impede patient self-management and lead to harm. The authors advocate a "contextual differential" to consider these potential errors.