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  1. Content Article
    Hindsight bias (colloquially known as ‘the retrospectoscope’) is the tendency to perceive past events as more predictable than they actually were. It has been shown to play a significant role in the evaluation of an past event, and has been demonstrated in both medical and judicial settings. This study in Clinical Medicine aimed to determine whether hindsight bias impacts on retrospective case note review, through an internet survey completed by doctors of different grades. The authors found that in some cases, doctors are markedly more critical of identical healthcare when a patient dies compared to when a patient survives. Hindsight bias while reviewing care when a patient survives might prevent identification of learning arising from errors. They also suggest that hindsight bias combined with a legal duty of candour will cause families to be informed that patients died because of healthcare error when this is not a fact.
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    This article by the Patient Safety Network provides an overview of the impact of diagnostic errors on patient safety. It gives examples of incorrect applications of heuristics and suggests ways to overcome cognitive bias in the diagnostic process.
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    The first edition of Handbook of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care and Patient Safety took the medical and ergonomics communities by storm with in-depth coverage of human factors and ergonomics research, concepts, theories, models, methods, and interventions and how they can be applied in healthcare. Other books focus on particular human factors and ergonomics issues such as human error or design of medical devices or a specific application such as emergency medicine. This book draws on both areas to provide a compendium of human factors and ergonomics issues relevant to health care and patient safety.
  4. Content Article
    Ben Tipney and Vikki Howarths' presetation on Human Factors in practice. This presentation covers: an introduction to human factors human factors training implementation of human factors in practice new initiatives.
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    This is the first in a series of blog posts by Suzette Woodward around implementing patient safety. Part one describes the growing sense of unease about the way we do safety in healthcare and how we can do it differently. It describes the dominant approach to patient safety in healthcare we use today – which has been coined by some as Safety I.
  6. Content Article
    HindSight is a magazine produced by the Safety Improvement Sub-Group (SISG) of EUROCONTROL. It is produced for Air Traffic Controllers and is issued by the Agency twice a year. Its main function is to help operational air traffic controllers to share in the experiences of other controllers who have been involved in ATM-related safety occurrences.  The current Editor in Chief is Dr Steven Shorrock.
  7. Content Article
    Steven Shorrock is an interdisciplinary humanistic, systems and design practitioner interested in human work from multiple perspectives. The term 'human factor' is rarely defined, but people often refer to reducing it. In this blog, Steven asks what are we actually reducing?
  8. Content Article
    The purpose of this document, from the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, is to provide health and social care teams with advice and guidance on the human-centred design of work procedures such as written instructions, checklists or flow charts during this period of 'crisis management' in response to COVID-19 and to support the design and re-design of care services and new ways of working. Implementation of the guidance will contribute to safer and easier to use procedures, which better support how people work and reduce risks to themselves, patients, carers and others.
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