Medical researchers from Massachusetts, Washington, DC and Georgia recently published a study in the British Medical Journal about doctors’ willingness to own up to medical errors. For the study, the researchers gathered responses from nearly 300 primary care physicians posed with two hypothetical scenarios involving medical mistakes. A majority of respondents surveyed noted they would not fully disclose errors. The strongest predictors of error disclosure were “perceived personal responsibility, perceived seriousness of the event and perceived value of patient-centered communication”—essentially, the doctors would decide if the mistake was big enough to admit to their patients.
Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to a May 2016 study led by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine surgery professor Martin Makary. If you believe your child’s birth injury or death was due to negligent actions by health care professionals, please contact us at 877-262-9767.
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