Orthopaedic Ethics 9: Disclosure of Adverse Outcomes

Regardless of the error and its consequences, the IOM states that the standard of care is full disclosure. The Joint Commission requires hospitals to tell patients when adverse outcomes occur. The National Quality Forum requires hospitals to have safe practice guidelines on disclosure of serious errors. Several states have laws requiring disclosure of adverse outcomes.

Module content created by Kyle J. Jeray, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Learning objectives for this Activity:

Define a medical error

Identify disclosure obligations to patient and family

Identify responsible parties relating to disclosure

What is the purpose of an apology and why do they sometimes fail?

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