- •Although the realization of the alarming frequency, harm, and costs of errors in clinical care has led to error management systems being widely implemented, there have been no similar efforts to manage errors or failures in academic investigator-initiated clinical research.
- •Errors and failures frequently occur in clinical research and can negatively impact research quality, potentially contributing to significant wasted resources and patient harm. There is an urgent need to implement error management in academic clinical research.
- •Specific strategies that can assist error management in clinical research include error reporting systems so that lessons can be learnt, a systematic approach to disclosing errors to clinical research participants, and emotional support being proactively offered to investigators involved in errors.
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Declaration of interests: The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.
Competing interests: The authors do not have any competing interests to declare.
Author Contributions: SM conceived and drafted the paper based on his previous doctoral research on medical errors and recent research regarding clinical research with MB. SM was responsible for the overall content as the guarantor who has accepted full responsibility for the work. MB critically revised the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final version of the manuscript.