Identification personified

Tangen, Jason M. (2013) Identification personified. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 45 3: 315-322. doi:10.1080/00450618.2013.782339

Author Tangen, Jason M.
Title Identification personified
Journal name Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0618
Publication date 2013-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00450618.2013.782339
Volume 45
Issue 3
Start page 315
End page 322
Total pages 8
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Forensic practitioners are beginning to acknowledge that there is more to identifying trace evidence than the methodology on which they rely. Instead, identification is based on human decision making, which is prone to error. The problem is that we know very little about how these decisions are made, how often errors arise, what to do about them if they occur, and how to acknowledge the risk of error in courts. Dealing with errors in forensic science is not simply a matter of ‘getting rid of the bad apples’. Instead, we must develop resilient systems that identify and enhance the positive capacities of people and organisations that allow them to adapt effectively under pressure. The recognition of error in forensic practice is an excellent first step in strengthening the field, but ‘more and better research’ still needs to be conducted to understand better the nature of expertise in identification to improve training and the value of expert testimony.
Keyword Error
Incident reporting
Patient safety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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