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When is it time to stop working due to fatigue? A simple human factors (HF) self-assessment test
  1. David Nigel Poller1,
  2. Miguel Perez-Machado2
  1. 1 Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK
  2. 2 Department of Pathology & Cytology, Royal Free Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Nigel Poller, Department of Pathology, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY, UK; david.poller{at}

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The role of human factors (HFs) in medical error is now widely acknowledged, although there are few publications that deal with pathology-specific HF issues. A definition of HF that is widely accepted is as follows: ‘environmental, organisational and job factors in human and individual characteristics which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety’.1 HF analysis has been widely applied in aviation and aerospace industries but has been increasingly seen as important in medicine, particularly in critical care and acute medical settings to explain and reduce rates of clinical error and improve decision-making in areas that are of high clinical risk.2–4 There has been little discussion of the role of HF in diagnostic specialties such as cytology, pathology or radiology. Published HF studies in diagnostic specialties have primarily addressed the …

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  • Handling editor Dhirendra Govender.

  • Contributors Project was conceived and manuscript drafted by DNP with discussion from MP-M. Both authors approved the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.