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Does Admitting a Mistake Lessen a Physician’s Chance of Being Sued?

Published on Aug 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm in General Blogs.

Physicians and their governing boards have debated whether admitting to a patient that his or her physician made a mistake in their care and treatment will lead to an increase in medical malpractice lawsuits. At least one study says “No.”

The Annals of Internal Medicine published the findings of a study undertaken by the University of Michigan Health System which focused on determining whether the incidence of claims made and lawsuits filedwould increase if physicians voluntarily disclosed their errors to their patients and made an offer to compensate those patients. The study, which began in 2001, found that not only did the incidence of lawsuits filed per average month not increase, but they decreased, from 2.13 down to 0.75 per 100,000 patient encounters. The study concluded that voluntarility disclosing a mistake, and making an offer to compensate that patient is not only “necessary tophysician ethics and patient safety” but does not increase liability costs.

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