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W21C Patient Safety Podcast

This podcast is about patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare, and is produced with the support of W21C - a research and innovation centre in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, Canada. Please visit and to reach us. Email

Nov 22, 2013

In this podcast Chloe Atkins explores discomfort with uncertainty in medicine using her own story as a backdrop. 
After hearing this podcast listeners will be able to:
  • Recognize the discomfort both patients and physicians experience around uncertainty, and how that discomfort can provoke undesirable behaviours.
  • Understand that relationships and communication are key to achieving satisfaction with health outcomes.
  • Realize that medicine is not all-powerful, that there are limits to understanding and treatment. It is important to be aware of and tolerate the unknown.
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