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A doctor's mistake, and the potential consequences for healthcare in Britain

The recent case of Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a British hospital doctor convicted of manslaughter and subsequently barred for life from practising after causing the death of a child through her errors and omissions brings to mind one fundamental factor: Jack Adcock’s death was, at least in part, the result of failures in communications. 2,027 more words


Hambrick et al. (2014). Deliberate practice: Is that all it takes to become an expert?

Fascinating critique of Ericsson and deliberate practice (h/t Bokhove).  Analysing music and chess, they find that deliberate practice explains some, but far from all of the variation in expert performance. 136 more words

Matthew Syed, Black Box Thinking, The Checklist Manifesto

“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.”

― Matthew Syed, Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes–But Some Do… 540 more words

Recommended Reading: Black Box Thinking

‘Black Box Thinking’ is an incredibly thought provoking book by bestselling author, columnist (and former Olympic table tennis player) Matthew Syed.

In an occasionally far from easy read, he looks at the secrets of high performers and how they deal with mistakes and weaknesses. 189 more words