Disclosing errors that affect multiple patients

Chafe, Roger; Levinson, Wendy; Sullivan, Terrence
May 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/26/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 11, p1125
Academic Journal
The article focuses on several approaches to disclosing errors which affect multiple patients in the health care industry in Canada. It initially discusses several guidelines for the revelation of these medical errors in the country, targeting to assist health care providers and institutions in determining medical errors to patients. It also tackles the institutional barriers that health care organizations (HCO) faced on the timely and complete disclosure of errors. Then, it explores six strategies for HCO to comply when responding adverse events concerning large number of patients. Furthermore, the roles of government agencies, professional associations and accreditation bodies on the issue of disclosing medical errors are accounted.


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