Chapter 12. Patient Safety in Health Care

  1. Francis T. Durso3,
  2. Raymond S. Nickerson Associate Editor4,
  3. Susan T. Dumais Associate Editor5,
  4. Stephan Lewandowsky Associate Editor6 and
  5. Timothy J. Perfect Associate Editor7
  1. Vimla L. Patel1 and
  2. Jiajie Zhang2

Published Online: 13 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470713181.ch12

Handbook of Applied Cognition, Second Edition

Handbook of Applied Cognition, Second Edition

How to Cite

Patel, V. L. and Zhang, J. (2007) Patient Safety in Health Care, in Handbook of Applied Cognition, Second Edition (eds F. T. Durso, R. S. Nickerson, S. T. Dumais, S. Lewandowsky and T. J. Perfect), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470713181.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Texas Tech University, USA

  2. 4

    Tufts University, USA

  3. 5

    Microsoft Corporation, USA

  4. 6

    University of Western Australia, Australia

  5. 7

    University of Plymouth, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Columbia University, USA

  2. 2

    University of Texas at Houston, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015346

Online ISBN: 9780470713181



  • cognitive science;
  • patient safety;
  • nuclear power generation;
  • health care;
  • high-risk industries


This chapter contains section titled:

  • A History of Patient Safety

  • Cognitive Foundations of Patient Safety

  • Taxonomies of Medical Errors

  • Cognitive Mechanisms of Medical Errors

  • Methods for Studying Medical Errors

  • Case Study: Overdose of Potassium Chloride

  • Conclusions and Future Directions

  • Acknowledgment

  • References