Coping with medical mistakes and errors in judgment

Richard M. Goldberg, Gloria Kuhn, Louise B. Andrew, Harold A. Thomas

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Attention has recently been focused on medical errors as a cause of morbidity and mortality in clinical practice. Although much has been written regarding the cognitive aspects of decisionmaking and the importance of systems management as an approach to medical error reduction, little consideration has been given to the emotional impact of errors on the practitioner. Evidence exists that errors are common in clinical practice and that physicians often deal with them in dysfunctional ways. However, there is no general acknowledgment within the profession of the inevitability of medical errors or of the need for practitioners to be trained in their management. This article focuses on the affective aspects of physician errors and presents a strategy for coping with them.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalAnnals of emergency medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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Goldberg, R. M., Kuhn, G., Andrew, L. B., & Thomas, H. A. (2002). Coping with medical mistakes and errors in judgment. Annals of emergency medicine, 39(3), 287-292.