Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment & Management (PSAM)
14 Modeling Risk in Complex Medical Domains: Understanding ‘Hidden’ Interactions and Variations across Different Phases of Care (PSAM-0417)
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Medicine is a complex, safety-critical and highly interactive system. Despite efforts to provide safe, effective care, adverse events still occur — clinicians make diagnostic and therapeutic errors, system constraints impact the coordination and delivery of care and patients suffer unexpected complications and injuries. Our current understanding of the nature of medical adverse events, and our ability to develop durable preventative or mitigating strategies has been hampered by a somewhat out-dated and inadequate model of the clinical system in which care is delivered, particularly with respect to risk and reliability. Traditional models of clinical risk have focused almost exclusively on patient...