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Journal Article
Commentary

Ethical dilemma in missed melanoma: what to tell the patient and other providers.

Vangipuram R, Horner ME, Menter A. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017;76(2):365-367.

Despite the emphasis on open discussion of errors as a component of transparency, clinicians remain reluctant to disclose the errors of their peers to patients. This commentary discusses an incident involving a diagnosis of melanoma missed during the initial examination with a podiatrist that was later detected during a dermatology evaluation and describes how to manage such conversations between the providers as well as with the patient.