Robert Wears passing

Mark Paradies paradies at TAPROOT.COM
Tue Jul 18 19:12:06 UTC 2017


Sorry to hear he is gone. Worked with him on the IEEE Committee developing a root cause analysis standard. Always had interesting questions.

Mark

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> On Jul 18, 2017, at 7:55 AM, Mark Graber <Mark.Graber at IMPROVEDIAGNOSIS.ORG> wrote:
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> We were informed yesterday of Dr Robert Wears death within the past few days.
>  
> Bob was an internationally-known and widely-published authority on patient safety and contributed significantly to efforts to address diagnostic error. 
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> Bob was one of the attendees at a meeting of a few people in Naples FL in 2006, where we discussed diagnostic error as a real problem.  More than any other event, this meeting marked the start of the diagnostic error ‘movement’.   The Diagnostic Error in Medicine Conference was proposed at that meeting, and the proceedings were the first compilation of articles to discuss the problem (attached).  Bob studied with Charles Vincent, and will be remembered as one of the true scholars in trying to apply the principles of safety engineering to medical practice, and work in the Emergency Department in particular.  Bob pushed us to think more deeply about safety and safety solutions, and his writings on resiliency, complexity, and how to learn about safety are foundational in our field.  Two of my favorite papers from Bob are attached, including his now-classic description of diagnostic error as a ‘wicked’ problem. 
>  
> His wisdom and unique perspective will be truly missed.
>  
>   Mark
>  
> Mark L Graber, MD FACP
> President, SIDM
> Senior Fellow, RTI International
> Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, NY
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> <Wears - What makes diagnosis hard.pdf><Wears and Cook - The Illusion of Explanation.pdf><Berner - Graber - Overconfidence.pdf>







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