Radiology survey shows doctors reluctant to disclose medical errors


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Posted on Nov 11, 2009

A recent survey of 364 radiologists, conducted by a physician, indicates doctors may be reluctant to disclose mammography errors to patients.

According to the author, the radiologists were given a hypothetical case and were asked how likely they would be to disclose the hypothetical mammography error.  Apparently, 9% said they would "definitely not" disclose ther error, 51% would disclose only if "asked by the patient", 26% said they "probably" would disclose the error while 14% said they would "definitely" disclose the error.

The authors concluded that "effective disclosure (of errors) remains the exception, not the rule."  


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