Another thing regarding medical errors was error disclosure
. The participants advocated the need of establishing a system and culture where students can go and report an error comfortably.
However, there were misconceptions about causes of medical errors and error disclosure
among students and patient safety education needs to be incorporated in medical curriculum of Pakistan.
The lack of consensus on the requirement for and process of informed consent and error disclosure
is troubling, and the effect of this hidden curriculum should not be underestimated.
(1) The recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on diagnostic error emphasized the importance of communication and error disclosure
They describe basic concepts in quality, value, and safety, including systems engineering and process control, error prevention and risk management, and quality, value, and assessment of new technology; quality in radiation physics in relation to equipment, software, and external beam radiotherapy, brachytherapy, proton and particle therapy, and photon and proton therapy, as well as verification of treatment and special procedures and equipment; and quality in the clinical practice setting, including culture, clinical testing, quality and safety training, metrics, patient perspectives, medical error disclosure
, clinical trials, the role of the dosimetrist and therapist, electronic medical records, and third-party payers.
You, your institution, and the patient will benefit from your understanding of when error disclosure
is required and best communication practices.
All jurisdictions have so-called "apology statutes," which encourage error disclosure
in return for immunity.
1784) to establish a National Medical Error Disclosure
and Compensation Program (National MEDiC Act).
Liability claims and costs before and after implementation of a medical error disclosure
Nor is it conducive to bringing about the much-needed transformation of health care organizational cultures from "blame and shame" to ones that are more "fair and just," with more transparent systems for error disclosure
, caregiver support and clinical process improvements.
Hospitals in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Michigan have found that sincere apologies and effective error disclosure
programs reduce malpractice payouts and lead to faster settlements.