Medical errors, apologies and apology laws

MacDonald, Noni; Attaran, Amir
January 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/6/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 1, p11
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the disclosure of medical errors as part of the ethical and professional responsibility of medical personnel. It argues that disclosure of medical errors can improve the patient's health, while nondisclosure can put the patient with future medical risks. To address the situation, medical error apology laws have been implemented in the U.S. and Canada.


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