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Journal Article
Study

Pediatric residents' decision-making around disclosing and reporting adverse events: the importance of social context.

Coffey M, Thomson K, Tallett S, et al. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges. 2010;85:1619-25.

Pediatric residents reported a high degree of awareness and responsibility for disclosing errors to patients, but most would still choose their words carefully when disclosing an error. In focus groups, it became apparent that residents' willingness to fully disclose errors was dependent on social contextual factors (for example, their perceived degree of direct responsibility for the error, or their place in the team hierarchy).