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