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Human Factors have been identified by the medical community as a key domain for enhancing safe practice. Despite this, there is minimal training on human factors in the medical field.

A needs assessment conducted with physicians from various medical disciplines, nurses, medical educators, patient safety personnel, and human factors professionals, identified situational awareness, a foundational human factor, as the most important and the least understood human factor.

This learning package was developed, with the support of the CMPA, to train physicians on situational awareness as a means to enhance patient safety. The learning package includes a primer on situational awareness and patient safety; a presentation slide set with instructors’ notes to support instructors in situational awareness and patient safety training; and three individual instructional modules, for instructors, participants, and self-instruction that allow the user to practice their learning in hypothetical cases in a range of clinical settings.

For a brief overview of situational awareness, its processes and potential obstacles, and its impact on patient safety, download the shortened version of the Situational Awareness and Patient Safety Primer in both official languages.