Taking one for the team: a reiteration on the role of self-blame after medical error

Journal of Medical Ethics 46 (5):342-344 (2020)
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Abstract

In a critique of my work on ‘taking the blame’ as a response to medical errors, my position on the potential goods of individual responsibility and blame is challenged. It is suggested that medicine is a ‘team sport’ and several rich examples are provided to support the possible harms of practitioner self-blame. Yet, it appears that my critics have misunderstood my demands and to whom they are directed. With this response, I offer several clarifications of my account, as well as a reiteration on the role of self-blame after medical error.

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Taking the blame: appropriate responses to medical error.Daniel W. Tigard - 2019 - Journal of Medical Ethics 45 (2):101-105.

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