Journal article

Disclosing harmful medical errors to patients

Thomas H Gallagher, David Studdert, Wendy Levinson

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC | Published : 2007

Abstract

Historically, fear of malpractice litigation made clinicians cautious about informing patients when they made mistakes in their care. This article reviews recent efforts by regulators, hospitals, accreditation organizations, and legislators to encourage and facilitate discussions between health care providers and patients when patients are harmed by medical errors. Copyright © 2007 Massachusetts Medical Society.