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Creating a no-blame culture through medical education: a UK perspective

Authors Elmqvist K, Rigaudy M, Vink J

Received 2 May 2016

Accepted for publication 5 May 2016

Published 8 August 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 345—346


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Karl O Elmqvist,1 Maxime TJ Rigaudy,1,2 Jasper P Vink1

1Imperial College Business School, Imperial College London, London, UK; 2Hull York Medical School, York, UK
We read with great interest, and agree with the points made, in the Commentary by Leotsakos et al1 regarding the need to integrate patient safety into the core curricula for higher education in health care. The World Health Organisation (WHO) patient safety curriculum guide: multi-professional edition (Geneva: Switzerland 2011) appears to be an effective aid to achieve this aim, promoting the culture of patient safety internationally. In the UK, where patient safety is a defining part of quality of care,2 attempts have been made to introduce the concept of a “no-blame culture”. The no-blame culture was introduced as a method to improve the quality of care by learning from mistakes, putting safeguards in place to ensure they do not occur again. 
View the original paper by Leotsakos and colleagues.

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