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Physicians’ disclosure preferences for medical errors studied

According to two articles in the current issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, most physicians generally support disclosing medical errors to their patients.

Other interesting statistics are as follows:
• Surgeons were more likely to disclose medical errors than other physicians (81 percent vs. 54 percent).
• Doctors were more likely to disclose errors that were more noticeable to the patients than those errors patients may not notice (81 percent vs. 50 percent).
• Doctors would disclose more information about more apparent medical errors than less apparent medical errors (51 percent would use the word error, vs. 32 percent).

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