Defining medical error
published in January - February 2019 - in Il Fisioterapista - issue n.1
Giacomo P. Delvecchio

There are difficulties in defining errors in medicine which are due to the fallibility of the physicians or to the system. Error must be differentiated from non-conformity as well as from an accidental event (unforeseeable or foreseeable). An intellectual error which manifests itself in diagnosis can be defined as a theoretical error; a manual error manifesting itself in the performance of a task can be defined as an operational error.