Medical error: Is the solution medical or cognitive?

Jiajie Zhang, Vimla L. Patel, Todd R. Johnson

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Is the solution for medical errors medical or cognitive? In this AMIA2001 panel on medical error, we argued that medical error is primarily an issue for cognitive science and engineering, not for medicine, although the knowledge of the practice of medicine is essential for the research and prevention of medical errors. The three panelists presented studies that demonstrate that cognitive research is the foundation for theories of medical errors and interventions of error reductions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S75-S77
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Issue number6 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics


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