Transparency when things go wrong: physician attitudes about reporting medical errors to patients, peers, and institutions.
Bell SK, White AA, Yi JC, Yi-Frazier JP, Gallagher TH. J Patient Saf. 2015 Feb 24; [Epub ahead of print].
Prompt error disclosure to patients and families is the standard of care, despite varying implementation. Reporting errors to the institution and discussing incidents with peers are also recommended safety practices. In this survey study, physicians reported similar attitudes about disclosing to patients, theorganization, and peers, suggesting that those who favor transparency do so across the board. Female physicians were more likely to favor transparency compared to male physicians, and academic physicians were more likely to favor transparency than those in private practice. Younger physicians were also more likely to support disclosure, suggesting that attitudes towards error reporting may improve over time. A past AHRQ WebM&M interview discussed developments in error disclosure and apologies.
The association of hospital quality ratings with adverse events.
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Shining a Light: Safer Health Care Through Transparency.
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Error disclosure and family members' reactions: does the type of error really matter?
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