Dawson contributed to the fatigue risk management guidelines which recently caused Queensland Health some media grief, and today he’s taken us well beyond those headlines. Adelaide surgeon Guy Maddern also wrote about related issues in Crikey this week.
I particularly liked Dawson’s observation that:
“Fatigue risk management is the perfect example of what Tony Blair described as a ‘wicked problem’. That is, one for which the solution is complex, multi-factorial and will require thoughtfulness, flexibility and time. Successful fatigue risk management in health care will require exactly that.”
Using that definition, it seems to me that most problems in health are absolutely wicked.