Friday, January 27, 2012

Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that? A TEDx talk.

Brian Goldman is an emergency-room physician in Toronto, and the host of CBC Radio’s "White Coat, Black Art." 

His talk at TEDx in Toronto has just been posted here.  The title is "Doctors make mistakes. Can we talk about that?" In it he talks about the personal shame of mistakes in medicine and how it is preventing health care workers from being open and honest about medical errors. 

Dr Goldman calls for the creation of a "redefined medical culture" that teaches and learns from those mistakes.  He says it would be a culture that accepts any system run by humans will contain errors because humans make mistakes. He says the system itself needs to have backup built into it to reduce those errors, including open discussion of mistakes.

The talk is only 20 minutes and worth the time.