Navigation Links
Medical mishaps – to be revealed or not

According to a recent research, doctors usually do not disclose the major medical mishaps if the error is not noticed by the patient.//

The study was conducted on about 2700 American and Canadian doctors. It was found that 65% of them would surely reveal a serious mistake made during treatment. But there was a wide variation in when and how they disclosed it to the patients.

A doctor, who has made a noticeable error, is more likely to tell the patient than the one, who has made a less obvious one.

This study was conducted by the University of Washington and was published on 15th August 2006 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The doctors, on whom the study was conducted, were presented with 4 serious errors. Two of them were obvious errors, like a sponge left inside the patient during surgery. While the other two were less apparent ones, like an internal injury accidentally caused by a surgeon. When presented with the former type situation, 81% of the doctors said that they would disclose the matter to the patients while 51% were ready to use the word “error” in their explanation. But when presented with latter type situation, only 50% said they would reveal and only 32% would use the word “error” in their explanation.

"Basing disclosure decisions on whether the patient was aware of the error is not ethically defensible or consistent with required standards”, say the authors. They say that these figures are really a cause of concern.

Most of the doctors do not reveal due to the fear of legal action, says Dr Rosanna Capolingua, chair of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) ethics committee.

The situation was slightly better in Australia, as the fear was no so great there, says Dr. Capolingua and the only way to drastically reduce these figures was to eliminate the threat of legal action.

"In an ideal world, open disclosure is what we want," Dr Capolingua said.
"That way errors are not deemed to be due to malpractice and processes and systems can be put into place to ensure the error doesn't happen again."

In some situations a doctor may think it was in the patient's best interests not to reveal, she says.

"When the patient has not experienced adverse outcomes, the doctor may decide that it would not be of benefit to the patient," Dr Capolingua said.

"The doctor will sometimes think 'I don't want to worry them unnecessarily' and then choose on that basis not to say anything."

'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India
2. Meditation Works Medically
3. Sleep Disorders Could Indicate Other Medical Problems
4. Being Obese Increases Ones Risk Of A wrong Diagnosis During Medical Imaging
5. Hypnosis Found To Reduce Stress In Children During Medical Procedures
6. Stanford Medical Center Implements The First Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound
7. Ayurvedic Therapies Cashing In On Medical Tourism
8. Prevention And Timely Medical Care Can Help With Bug Bites
9. Government Organisation Proposes Strict Guidelines For SubStandard Medical Devices
10. Grant of $7 million for Orissa Medical College from Japan
11. Indian Hospitals – A Destination For Quality Medical Care
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... MIAMI, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Florida Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this ... of Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway ... call for a minimum wage raise to $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting ... restore the lost value of the minimum wage, assure the wage floor does not erode ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... New York, NY (PRWEB) , ... June 24, ... ... lifestyle publication Haute Living, is proud to recognize Dr. Barry M. Weintraub as ... believes that “the most beautiful women in the world, and the most handsome ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... National recruitment firm ... life sciences executive with extensive sequencing and genomics experience, as Vice President of North ... Ms. Hill will be responsible for leading the sales team in the commercialization of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Advanced Plastic Surgery Institute ... pageant as its official Medspa Sponsor. Dr. Josh Olson, a board-certified plastic surgeon, ... , Dr. Olson says the decision to support the pageant in an official ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 According ... by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle ... GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - ... This report studies the market for the forecast period ... reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016  MedSource announced today that ... e-clinical software solution of choice.  This latest decision ... value to their clients by offering a state-of-the-art ... relationship establishes nowEDC as the EDC platform of ... full-service clients.  "nowEDC has long been a preferred ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  In a startling report released today, National Safety ... lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. ... how states are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. ... Kentucky , New Mexico , ... Of the 28 failing states, three – Michigan ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: