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It would be disingenuous of me to claim that I was looking forward to reviewing this book. However I am glad to say I was pleasantly surprised. Although it is obviously directed at the primary healthcare sector, this slim volume contains such valuable insights into the nature of risk and risk management as to be of interest to the hospital doctor. Indeed part 1 of the book, which first defines risk in an everyday context and then discusses the difficulty of communicating risk to the individual, is so clearly written that it should be essential reading for all healthcare professionals who directly manage patients. As a direct consequence of following such atour de force, part 2 (which discusses the specifics of risk management in primary care) seems a little disappointing. However, that is somewhat unkind, as it clearly identifies the main areas of risk in general practice (to doctors, patients, and staff) and gives sound guidance on risk management strategies. The book finishes with a personal development plan and “risk ready reckoner”.
Overall I enjoyed this book and feel it should be read by anyone interested in the nature of risk and its management. In particular, part 1 should be read by all newly qualified doctors and those undertaking general practice and outpatient clinics for the first time.