Disclosing a serious, harm-causing medical error can be one of the most wrenching experiences a health professional can have. Fears over organizational censure, malpractice litigation, and even licensure sanction can have a chilling effect on the communication, such that it might not occur in a patient-centered way.
This presentation will discuss various barriers to the empathic disclosure of medical error and offer suggestions (that are nevertheless not to be taken as legal advice or as representing the standard of care) on how such conversations might occur in an ethical fashion.
Check out these five specific challenges in disclosing medical error, all involving the health provider’s professional obligation to disclose harm-causing error in a patient centered way:
In addition, this session will help you:
Who should attend? The most obvious attendees are physicians, medical directors, clinical service directors (like nursing or pharmacy), and risk management personnel. However, all health professionals should have a basic understanding of the challenges implicit in disclosing medical errors and the common mistakes that are committed in such communications.
- Duane C. Abbey
John D. Banja is a Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a medical ethicist at the John and Susan Wieland Center for Ethics at Emory University. He also directs the Section on Ethics in Research and Participant Advocacy of the Atlanta Clinical Translation Science Institute at Emory.
Banja received a doctorate degree in philosophy from Fordham University in New York and has taught and lectured on... More Info
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