Error management and quality assurance

P. S. Wheeler

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The Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals requires assurance of the quality of medical care. Accuracy is the prime 'quality' and desired product of diagnostic radiology. This report describes a process called error management which exploits the educational value of mistakes and is the foundation of a quality assurance program. The program's background and philosophy are discussed, along with the work involved, the rewards, and the risks. Finally, a plea is made for the use of this JCAH mandate to achieve a professional ideal: the feedback and analysis of perceived mistakes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-45
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Radiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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