When you fail in medicine, it feels like you fail in life—and that needs to change

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  1. Ediriweera Desapriya

    I truly enjoyed reading this perspective article. However, I certainly do not agree with the authors statement. “But making a clinical error is different from experiencing failure”. As I strongly believe that patient safety is a global priority and I always had a dream of how to minimize or prevent medical errors and I wrote a letter to the Editor CMAJ (2004) “In the United Kingdom, “a mandatory no-name, no-blame national system for reporting ‘failures, mistakes and near misses’” was to be implemented in 2002 under the National Patient Safety Agency”. We badly need similar system in Canada. If we have a transparent registry -it would be a powerful learning tool- which could eventually use- clinicians daily practices to minimize and prevent medical errors.

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