Call for 'acceptable miss' rates in medicine

Societies such as Australia and the US need to fundamentally transform the way they think about medicine and entertain the idea of "acceptable miss" rates, US medical academics say.

The call comes in an analysis, published in the BMJ, by researchers at the University of California who say zero tolerance of errors in medicine, both public and professional, has led to the culture of overdiagnosis, overtreatment and risk-averse doctors.

Doctors' fear of "blame and shame