Author Affiliations: Center for Child and Community Health Research, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Dr Sibinga); Department of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Dr Wu), Baltimore, Maryland.
Patient safety has been a topic of considerable interest over the last decade, with evidence showing that medical errors are responsible for substantial morbidity and mortality. There has been significant progress in understanding, identifying, and addressing errors at a system level; however, the performance of individual clinicians remains a crucial and largely unaddressed element of patient safety. Individual performance is important in diagnostic errors, but these errors are difficult to measure and have received little systematic study.1,2
Sibinga EMS, Wu AW. Clinician Mindfulness and Patient Safety. JAMA. 2010;304(22):2532–2533. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1817