By Joanne Finnegan @ Fierce Healthcare 

Are train drivers, who work in an industry that acknowledges the effects of fatigue, safer workers than doctors? Yes, according to British researchers, who say it's time for healthcare to take a lesson from industries that already understand the effects of fatigue and the link to worker mistakes. 

University of Oxford researchers Paul Greig and Rosamund Snow write in BMJ that the medical industry should embrace approaches from transportation and other industries, which recognize that safety is critical. Fatigue is a major risk factor for mistakes and poor decision-making in the workplace, and individual workers are very poor at assessing their own fatigue risk.

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