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Nurses' perspectives regarding the disclosure of errors to patients: a qualitative study.

McLennan SR, Diebold M, Rich LE, et al. Nurses' perspectives regarding the disclosure of errors to patients: A qualitative study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016;54:16-22. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.10.001.

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December 17, 2014
McLennan SR, Diebold M, Rich LE, et al. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016;54:16-22.

In this qualitative interview study, most nurses believed that errors should be disclosed to patients, but few of them reported actually disclosing errors. Barriers to error disclosure included insufficient training, lack of organizational support, and personal fears. These findings are consistent with prior studies of physicians and underscore the difficulty in making error disclosure the standard of care.

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McLennan SR, Diebold M, Rich LE, et al. Nurses' perspectives regarding the disclosure of errors to patients: A qualitative study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016;54:16-22. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2014.10.001.