Doctors don’t report mistakes

In a December 3, 2007 article posted on MSNBC.com it was reported that physicians are very reluctant to report mistakes by other physicians even though they knew such had occurred. A survey conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School wound that only 46% of physicians surveyed have told authorities when they knew of a serious medical error committed by a colleague. This low percentage is despite the fact that 85% of doctors typically indicated that they anyone in their profession should tell patients and relatives about significant errors. Why does this no translate into practice?

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