Reclaiming the morbidity and mortality conference: between Codman and Kundera
- Correspondence to Vinay Prasad, Department of Medicine, Northwestern University, 333 E Ontario St 901B, Chicago 60611, Illinois, USA;
- Accepted 9 April 2010
- Published Online First 23 July 2010
In recent years, a number of commentators have voiced unease about the direction and format of the Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference. Drawing on historical, literary and philosophical perspectives, and detailing the recent shift towards incorporating systems-based approaches to healthcare safety into the M&M, this article explores the nature and purpose of the M&M conference. It is argued that improving future health outcomes is insufficient as the goal of the conference. Instead, transcending hubris should be an endorsed objective. This paper aims to provide a definition and philosophical framework for the M&M conference.
- Morbidity and mortality
- Ernest Armory Codman
- medicine and hubris
- literature and medicine
- philosophy of medicine/healthcare
Competing interests None.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.