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The role of apology laws in medical malpractice.

Ross NE, Newman WJ. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. Epub 2021 May 21.

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July 7, 2021

Ross NE, Newman WJ. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. Epub 2021 May 21.

Open disclosure of errors and adverse events is increasingly encouraged in healthcare, but clinicians frequently cite fear of malpractice lawsuits as a reason to avoid apologizing for an error. This commentary summarizes the relationship between apologies and malpractice, the emergency of apology laws in the United States, and research exploring the impact of apology laws on malpractice claims and patient outcomes.