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Disclosure, Apologies Not Opening Litigation Floodgates

When a patient suffers significant medical complications resulting from a physician’s mistake or judgment, the physician should fully disclose the error to the patient and apologize to him/her. Apologizing for a medical error does not open the floodgates to litigation. In a soon-to-be-published paper from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, we show that very few, if any, patients who receive letters disclosing a serious event will actually sue the health care provider.&nbs more...
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